Should the BECE in Ghana be abolished?

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Kwabena Yeboah
2016-05-06 22:11:32
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The WAEC predates another West African boondoggle, ECOWAS. Whereas WAEC was formed in 1952, ECOWAS came into being in 1975, and also whereas WAEC comprises of 5 members (The Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leon) ECOWAS comprises of 15 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leon, and Togo).

So why am I contrasting WAEC with ECOWAS? WAEC is 64 years this year, and ECOWAS will be exactly 41 years on May 28. The question then becomes, what has our country (Ghana) benefited from these two west African organizations? Are these organizations meeting our development needs? Are our development needs the same as Sierra Leon, the Gambia, Liberia, and Nigeria? We may be in a consanguineous relations with our sisters and brothers in these other countries, but should our country compromise our educational standards with them? Why do we like to be like Sierra Leon, the Gambia, Liberia, or even Nigeria?

Why does a country like Ghana with so much potential link its future with losers in the region? Are we just happy as a people to hang out with the Gambians, Liberians, Sierra Leoneans? It is impractical that after 64 years, our country with so much potential to be trapped in a west African boondoggle that has no relevance to our development needs. No wonder one generation after another in Ghana is bereft of cognition and common sense, just like our neigbours. Our universities are bedeviled by empty barrels from WASSCE graduates, yet our nation needs scientists, lawyers who can read and interpret the law, architects, medical practitioners, etc. There is not one country in the region that you can point to and say this country is an outlier in educational or economic achievement - we are all trudging along with no conviction of purpose.

The least said about ECOWAS, the huge elephant in the room, the better. It is time to scrap these two west African boondoggles and chart our own destiny as a country. If I have my way, WAEC and ECOWAS will be history - these are two useless hindrances to our human and economic development.

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Kwabena Yeboah on May 6, 22:11