National Science and Maths Quiz madam is not happy with "chew and pour"

National Science and Maths Quiz madam is not happy with "chew and pour"

The disturbing and worrying issue of Ghana’s theory-based education system has yet again been brought to the fore by Mistress of the National Science and Maths Quiz, Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann.

This host of the annual National Science and Maths Quiz, Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann has complained of the the mass theory-based approach the Ghanaian education systems uses.

The phenomenon she is railing against is what is commonly referred to as "chew and pour" in Ghanaian parlance.

Dr. Kaufmann who spoke to Kwaku Sintim Misah on the ‘KSM Show’ expressed grave concern about the trend that has been in existence for years.

She argued with an example of how the ‘brainiest’ person in a field can seem almost ‘dumb’ if they are merely taught the theories and hence cannot apply anything in real life settings.

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Seniro high schools in Ghana every year participate in the National Science and Maths Quiz

Dr Kaufmann elaborated that focusing on theory much more than application of the theory, right from the basic levels but particularly in the secondary and tertiary levels is doing the countru=y no good.

She said: “I teach engineering students and the engineers are supposed to be the innovators, they are the ones supposed to be doing the wonderful things to see us develop, and year in, year out, I don’t know if we are achieving that objective."

The quiz mistress pointed out that education that fails to produce people who can practically solve issues is no education at all.

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The National Science and Maths Quiz is an annual quiz competition among the various Senior High Schools in the country.

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