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Living The Lie: Politics Of Deception

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It is a politics of patronage. In a democracy where all manner of people claim they are qualified to lead, the masses become guinea pigs of governance. These are some of the things I have realized about politics in Ghana, a highly indebted middle-income country.

Ineptitude
Somebody once said politicians (and inept ones for that matter) are the problem of our nation. I can't but agree with this assertion. Consider a member of parliament who sits on the legislative council without making any meaningful contribution to issues either on the floor of the house or at the committee level. He decides to either report to parliament or absent himself. This politician can't even express himself well in the language of English which is used to do business in the house. How can this make laws and scrutinize any bills or proposals that are introduced on the floor of the house?


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Africa's Shambolic Sports Management

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The call for better management of sport is heard across Africa - often as a lament, more regularly as an outburst of barely contained frustration.

In football, former Ajax and Juventus defender Sunday Oliseh recently quit as Nigeria's national football coach, citing contractual violations and lack of support from his local federation.

Months earlier, Zimbabwe were disqualified from the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament after its football association failed to pay a former national coach.
In athletics, Kenya only recently averted the threat of disqualification from the 2016 Olympic Games because of its previously long-standing failure to implement robust drugs-testing procedures - nearly 40 athletes have failed tests in the last four years.


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And yet Kenya would surely be far better protecting what is regarded as o…

Living The Lie: Education In Distress

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Everybody seems to be worried about the educational system only when the students fail in examinations. But have we collectively sat down to assess what may be the bane of our educational system?

Route Learning
Passing through the educational system in Ghana from Kindergarten to College, the student's anthem has been the phenomenon of "chew and pour". This means students don't learn to understand and apply but rather to pass exams with higher marks and be acclaimed as being the most brilliant and it ends there.


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Knowledge Without Skills
The fact is that our educational system is knowledge-based without skills acquisition. Knowledge alone can't make someone self-employed. And these graduates who lack skills will definitely add to the growing number of unemployed graduates.

Money And Certificates
It wou…