- Dr. Elsie Kauffman says students are only taught to take the WASSCE exam
- She says students tend to have a hard time when they get to university
- She condemned parents who place too much pressure on science students to become doctors
Dr Elsie Kaufmann, A senior lecturer and founding head of the University of Ghana's Biomedical Engineering Department, has lamented the state of secondary education in Ghana.
Dr. Elsie Kaufmann, who's also the longtime National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ) mistress, expressed that high school students in Ghana are only taught with the aim of successfully taking the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
According to the University of Ghana senior lecturer, students are not being trained to succeed in life, something that Dr. Kauffman believes is having a detrimental effect on their education. She expressed that students who excelled in the WASSCE tended to experience difficulties once they got to university due to this education method.
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“c because they are taught to write exams,” she said.
Speaking in an interview with Citi FM on Monday, July 3rd, the NSMQ mistress said that her opinion had been made after years of moderating the National Science and Math Quiz competition, although she added that it always brought her joy when a student answered one of her questions correctly.
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“When it comes to the practical aspects of the questions, there's a problem .... I'm so happy when contestants answer my questions, especially the difficult ones,” she said.
Dr. Kauffman also condemned parents who placed unnecessary pressure on their charges, saying that there are a lot of opportunities for students who major in the sciences other than being a doctor.
She stated that it was for this reason that the NSMQ was including a career fair, so that science students could be exposed to all career opportunities available to them.
“Someone has to be a medical doctor but if everyone wanted to be one, what happens to our nation building?” she pondered.
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Source: Yen Ghana