It is quite weird how we conduct debates/discussions in our part of the world!
You raise an issue; instead of people to critically analyze it and robustly dismiss it with serious counter-arguments, they rather will embark on raising totally irrelevant points that are not germane to the issue that is under discussion.
Lacking well-honed debating abilities to engage you in logical gymnastics, they will reach for their rich repertoire of insults, innuendos, and insinuations. They will use their considerable experience in mud-slinging and drag you through the gutter leaving you breathless, dazed, confused, and totally disoriented.
Recently a Scholar opined that the quality of the products of Ghanaian Universities is not up to par!
Rather than address this point squarely by providing concrete factual evidence that clearly debunks the writer’s assertion, people (including Professors) went to town to denounce the writer’s lack of moderation in language, absence of respect for elders, and lack of cultural etiquette.
Lost in the cacophony of denunciation is the central issue the scholar raised: Ghanaian tertiary institutions do not produce students with the necessary critical thinking abilities and other prerequisites that will allow them to successfully compete in the global marketplace.
How can society expect to make progress when individuals are discouraged from raising critical questions?
How do we expect to lift ourselves up when those in charge of affairs are thin-skinned egocentric gerontocratic megalomaniacs, hellbent on maintaining the rotten status quo?
Why should Scholars place their rather fragile egos far above critical analysis of contemporary and very urgent national issues?
Should professors not have, or seek, better employment for their time than to engage in insultfests???
The very fact that some of our university graduates find it necessary to form an Association of Unemployed Graduates demonstrates, very clearly, that our educational system is producing people who are not fit for purpose!
But, can we blame students for lacking the ability to think critically when we have professors who refuse to think outside the box?
What exactly gave our professors authority to huff and puff with ancient pride when we look at the abysmal conditions in our land?
What is there for them to feel proud of when they are producing graduates who cannot solve the basic problems of society?
The fact that after over sixty years of ostensible independence, we still lack the intelligence to feed, clothe and house ourselves decently, shows that we have been very badly miseducating ourselves!
Instead of wasting time in massaging bruised fragile egos, our professors should come up with the correct method of imparting the type of knowledge necessary to lift us up from our political, social and economic doldrums!!
Femi Akomolafe, August 2019