Throughout my years in school, we continually joke about ‘chew, pour, pass and forget.’ The Ghanaian educational system is such that, a teacher in primary school, teaching about the environment, asks ‘what is environmental studies?’ then a student replies; ‘environmental studies means learning about things around us’. the teacher would waste no time to say ‘is that what is in the text-book??!’
So right from childhood, Ghanaian students have been thought to
memorize and recite exactly what’s in the text book (equal zero
creativity). It doesn’t end just there..even in the University, a Lecturer says “I don’t like chew and pour but if you’re able to give
me everything in the book without omitting a word, why not? I’ll give you the full marks”So this Lecturer comes to class, and he
makes all the mistakes but accepts no correction, he’s highly confusing and gets angry if u ask a question. As often as he makes it for class, he is never consistent with his stand on a particular topic, he asks students questions like ‘are u a science?’ and has no regret or slightest sense of making a mistake.
I thought I was the only one, but my course mates also wonder how some people become Lecturers in the University of Ghana!(a popular argument is that Departments in the University are under-staffed). The plain truth is, the Lecturers also ‘chew, pour, pass and forget’! ..with their first class!