'US doesn't cane kids but been to the moon; we've caned ours for 60 years yet achieved nothing' - Adutwum

'US doesn't cane kids but been to the moon; we've caned ours for 60 years yet achieved nothing' - Adutwum

- A deputy Education Minister, Dr Yaw Adutwum, has said Ghana has not been to the moon despite practicing corporal punishment for 60 years

- Dr Yaw Adutwum compared Ghana to the US where schoolchildren are not caned but yet have been to the moon

- He said Ghana should break from the African mediocrity and start competing with countries such as Singapore, Finland and the USA

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Dr Yaw Adutwum, a Deputy Education Minister has stated that countries that do not beat schoolkids have been to the moon, but Ghana, where kids have endured corporal punishment for 60 years, has not been able to do so.

The Deputy Education Minister said he lived in the US where children were not canned and yet they have been to the moon and back.

''We have been caning our children for 60 years but where have we gotten to?,'' Dr Adutwum quizzed.

He said there is enough literature and science to prove that children, in fear, can’t learn while noting that children acquire language easily when there is zero anxiety.

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Dr Adutwum was alarmed that trained teachers in child psychology also punish children via canning.

He challenged Ghanaians to be globally competitive rather than seek to be champions of mediocrity.

Dr Adutwum said Ghana should break from the African mediocrity trap and start competing with countries such as Singapore, Finland and the USA not Gambia or Sierra Leone.

He said Ghana can only attain that feat through education, and more importantly, through an intentional curriculum that addresses issues of access, quality and relevance, at the same time.

Dr Yaw Adutwum was speaking at the National Stakeholder Engagement on the Common Core Programme (CCP), the curriculum to be implemented from Basic 7 to Basic 10 (JHS1-SHS1).

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