Photos: Equipping Pupils With Employable Skills, Ofoasekuma D/A Primary Leads The Way

Many people over the years have called for a review of the country’s educational system.

Those calling for a review want an educational system that will produce the manpower needs of most industry and also to make students entrepreneurial, equipped with the needed skills to be self-reliant through technical and vocational education and training for sustainable development.

The review of the country’s educational system is to help equip graduates with practical skills in addition to acquiring academic knowledge.

It is in line with these concerns that the Ghana Education Service(GES) has rolled out a new educational curriculum.

The new curriculum focuses on the total development of the child and not be examination-focused, to discourage learning by rote, also known as “chew, pour, pass and forget”.

Despite facing numerous challenges, teachers of Ofoasekuma D/A JHS in the Eastern region, teach by allowing pupils to engage in practical activities.

During BDT lessons, pupils are taken through practical construction activities by Mr Daniel Zachariah, the BDT teacher in the school.

The pupils are trained to become employers, but not to rely on anyone for employment after school.

Although the school is not having enough teaching and learning material as well as protective gears, they learn construction works such as block laying.

The innovative teacher, Mr Daniel Zachariah improvises, substitutes and maximises the little available materials to achieve the best possible outcomes.

The females are also not left out as they take part in all the practical activities in an attempt to erode the notion that construction is for men.

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