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Problems of seeding and harvesting higher education in postcolonial Ghana: historical antecedents and contemporary trends

Akurang-Parry, Kwabena O.

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In this chapter, the author discusses the problems confronting higher education in postcolonial Ghana.  Most of the dilemmas are traceable to the foundations of education in the colonial period.   The first part of the paper plumbs the foundations of education in the precolonial period; the second part examines problems inherent in education during the colonial period and which were transposed onto the postcolonial scene; and the final section discusses the dilemmas of higher education in postcolonial Ghana. Akurang-Parry posits that postcolonial dilemmas of higher education are vestiges of education in the colonial period. It is claimed that postcolonial institutions of higher education have continued to mirror the cultural norms that prevailed in the period of colonial rule.  The problems of education in this era may also be traced to the lack of maintenance of the established institutions of higher education, the inability to develop new ones to meet the growing school-age population, the failure to gear education to Ghana's present needs. It should be stressed that the problems of higher education facing postcolonial Ghana are by no means unique by global standards. What has compounded Ghana's case is the economic downturn that has derailed the government's ability to support education.

 

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Chapter Title: Problems of seeding and harvesting higher education in postcolonial Ghana: historical antecedents and contemporary trends
Book Title: Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas
Edited by: Michael O. Afolayan
City: Asmara, Eritrea
Publisher: Africa World Press Inc.
No. of Pages: 39-55


Date:2007
Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:Ghana
Keywords:Higher Education, Ghana, Trends in Higher Education, History of Higher Education, Colonialism, Student behaviour, Gender Equity, Pedagogy, Cultural Issues


File Size:121 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce this chapter was granted by the editor
Date Added:16 July 2008


Akurang-Parry, Kwabena O. (2007). Problems of seeding and harvesting higher education in postcolonial Ghana: historical antecedents and contemporary trends, In Michael O. Afolayan (ed) Higher education in postcolonial Africa: paradigms of development, decline and dilemmas , Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press Inc., 39-56