Teachers are running away from teaching literature- University Don hints

A Senior Lecturer at the Department of English at the University of Cape Coast( UCC), Dr. Samuel Kwesi Nkansah has dropped a hint that teachers and students of Senior High Schools are ‘running away’ from teaching and learning literature respectively, “as if there is no value to literature”.

According to the Senior Lecturer, literature is a very important subject, as it emphasizes on critical and logical reasoning.

“One of the avenues of achieving critical thinking and logical reasoning is through literature and creative writing”, Prof Kwesi Nkansah lamented.

The Senior Lecturer made this known when Anomabo Boys and Girls Club of Ghana, sponsored by the Adwowa Gyaaba Foundation, organized an award ceremony for the 3 finalists and 6 Semi-finalists who participated in the Adwowa Gyaaba Memorial Essay Writing Competition for upper primary pupils in Anomabo/Yamoransa Circuits.

The Senior Lecturer again applauded the Boys and Girls Club for organizing such a brilliant Creative Writing Competition for pupils to broaden their knowledge in creative writing.

Prof Kwesi Nkansah admonished teachers to do their best to encourage their students to develop the skills of writing.

“Don’t expect the school kids to be expert just at the beginning, they will progress through direction and lecturing them” he appealed.

On her part, an Author and Director of Ghana Education Staff Development Institute (GESDI) at Saltpond, Mrs. Eva Gyina Bediako charged parents to stop buying expensive dresses and shoes for their kids but rather buy more reading materials for them to use to upgrade their writing and reading skills.

She was impressed with the Anomabo Boys and Girls Club for organizing an awards programme in Creative Writing Competition for pupils.

Source: Asana Gordon, 2022.

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