Abeiku Santana has angrily lashed out at the decision announced by the government this week to name French as the second official language of Ghana.
Honourable Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, announced that French has now been adopted as our second official language.
The decision has not gone down so well with Abeiku, who railed against the decision as an unnecessary burdening of the Ghanaian child.
Santana listed all the time unnecessary changes were made to our educational system without tackling the underlying issues hindering education in Ghana.
“There has been inconsistency with our educational curriculum. From 1987 that we changed our educational curriculum from the Middle School Leaving Certificate to BECE, what we call the Junior Secondary School, and later we change to, we change titles, the working titles of it but nothing changes. We just change it from Junior Secondary School to Junior High School.
“I think that we are joking and toying with our educational system let alone to say that we going to make French a second language. Even our first language, the English language is a big problem. You can go and check from the Ghana Education Service and the West African Examination Council performance of English, and even today as we speak, those who have graduated from University, their kind of English construction,” he said.
He added: “Why is that, even if you have a pass in English and want to attend some Universities outside Ghana, they demand TOEFL – The Test Of English for Foreign Language students, why, because the quality of the English we speak, they don’t classify and consider it as the standard, that why you have to write English test before admission into some Universities in UK and in America. So we are going to burden ourselves again with a second language, in which excuse me to say, it will be difficult for us to communicate with because predominantly we have over 26 ethnic tribes or groups in Ghana and we communicate in the local dialect, why can’t we make our local language a number one or the first language, why?”