Ing. RICHARD WRITES: THE AFRICAN SCIENTIST, GHANAIAN SCIENTIST
Africa has produced some of the top theoretical scientists in the world, a few of whom are Ghanaian’s but science has come to seem to be not particularly the African thing due to a myriad of reasons.
Globally, African governments make the least investment in science, and Ghanaian science schools are poorly resourced. Science is thought, the wrong way in Africa and Ghana as well and that explain why Africa is behind the world in development.
Many science students in Ghana, are thought theories without adequate practicals, and the whole focus of scientific education in Ghana is examination. Science students are forced to crump theories in their heads and reproduce it in examination without a proper appreciation of the course content.
Science students in Ghana have to conceptualize about 90% of everything they are taught hence lack the proper comprehension and technical know how to deal with real life scientific application.
Some fundamental scientific knowledge like evolution are improperly taught in schools because the teachers themselves do not understand it,hence about 50% of Ghanaian scientist are creationist.
To solve Africa’s problems, there must be a reform in scientific education in Africa,as well as Ghana. Science schools must be properly resourced to carry out practicals, and 60 % of scientific education should be practically oriented. That is the only way, Africa can fully benefit from scientific education.
It takes, a scientist who properly understand scientific precepts to use those precepts to solve societal problems. Without application, scientific knowledge are of no value to the commoner. Many Ghanaian scientist acquire the knowledge solely for the purpose of examination, hence have clean sheets, and zero accomplishment in terms of application.
For Africa, to develop and compete with the developed nations, African governments need to reform scientific education and make it practical based by heavily investing in scientific education. Asia has catch-up with the western world due to the heavy investment in science and Africa can do same. Africa must start putting, it’s scientist into use, it’ll pay. Practical scientific education is the way forward for Africa. Obviously religion has failed us.
Ing.Richard Mawuli Amegatse.