JOBLESSNESS NOT THE CAUSE OF CRIME IN GHANA

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Date: 4th March, 2018.
There have been numerous reports in the Ghanaian media about the increase in crime in modern Ghana – talking about the recent movie-like broad day robbery in Accra, vigilantism across all parts of Ghana, corruption, murder and the list continuous. I partially do agree with those who attribute these nefarious activities of the crime makers in Ghana to joblessness. However, as a troubled young Ghanaian teacher, I struggle to resolve a worrying intra-conflict that bothers on the causes of crime and ways of overcoming it in Ghana, especially at age sixty- one (61). To better appreciate the issue of crime in Ghana, let us ponder over the following questions:
1. Will the provision of jobs completely eradicate crime in Ghana? 2. Is it the case that, the type of curriculum we run in Ghana is the recipe to the insurgence of crime in the country? 3. What is the way forward?
MY OPINIONS ON THE QUESTIONS RAISED ABOVE
 In addressing question one stated above, I guess many Ghanaians will say “YES” to this question, that the provision of jobs will eradicate crime in Ghana. Some will even associate the recent increase of crime in Ghana to the displaced “Gallamseyers”, the recent horrifying actions of vigilante groups across all parts of Ghana, the countless number of unemployed young graduates and many others. I vehemently say “NO” to this question. Though I very much appreciate the intimate relationship that exists between crime and joblessness, the issue of crime in modern Ghana should be thought of outside the box. As a nation, have we bothered to find answers to: Where the crime makers get their police and military-like weapons? Are institutions that are established to register and regulate arms in Ghana up and doing? How come some police, military personnel and others who are paid by government to prevent crime are rather found guilty of perpetuating it themselves? What about whitecollar crime? What types of jobs are to be created in order to eradicate crime in Ghana? As long as these questions remain lingering and unanswered, we will be kidding if we conclude that the provision of jobs would completely eradicate crime in modern Ghana.  With question 2, is it the case that, the type of curriculum we run in Ghana is the recipe to the insurgence of crime in the country? I strongly say “YES” to this question. Fundamentally, the curriculum of Ghana is the recipe for the current insurgence of crime in the country. Yes, it is. The several educational reforms implemented in Ghana amounts to nothing but simply re-clothing a monkey with different colourful garments. Remember, it is still a monkey. Please help me find answers to the following questions: What type of curriculum are we running in our schools as a nation? Have teachers
who are at the centre of implementation been consulted when the national curriculum was to be designed for our schools? Have the needs of the society been considered when our curriculum was to be developed? What about the needs of the learners? What is the outcome of the evaluation on the appropriateness or otherwise of the curriculum since its implementation in our schools? Is the educational philosophy of Ghana if at all we have, appropriate? My reservations are that; it seems our Universities, Colleges and Schools are churning out certificated graduates rather than knowledge-based or skillful graduates. A notable orientation of Ghanaian graduates is that, they are trained for white collar jobs. How on earth will a graduate of Commerce sit at home and complain of joblessness when he or she is trained to take advantage of business opportunities in his or her immediate environment. What’s wrong at all? How come our engineers with “big” certificates are unable to identify and fix plug defects in their own cars when they seem to know all parts of cars and their functions? It’s serious. Why do professional teachers, politicians, lawyers, directors and others send their wards to private schools that are mostly manned by unprofessional teachers – e.g. SSS/SHS leavers? Hmmmm! This is an abnormality. Let me pause my lamentations and proffer solutions that are entirely my opinions.  There should be a constitutional amendment to stop the appointment of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), which is currently being tied to political regimes. This will give the IGP job security to boldly deal with all crimes as crimes and to avoid dealing with criminals that have an association with incumbent governments with soft gloves. No one is more Ghanaian than the other, as it is stipulated in the 1992 constitution.  Politicians should stop coercing heads of institutions to recruit or admit their so-called protocol list. The right thing should be done at all times. Because wrong people are many a time recruited or admitted into our institutions, we are today churning out large numbers of incompetent teachers, nurses, police and many others who have been found guilty of perpetuating all levels of crimes with careless abundance. E.g. sexual molestations in our schools, murder in our hospitals (out of wrong medications) etc.  Our curriculum should be fine-tuned and well situated to look more Ghanaian. The type of curriculum we run in our schools, to me, is Un-Ghanaian and it is the recipe for the increase in crime in modern Ghana. Moving forward, we need to pay attention to skill training rather than the ailing and failing liberal type of education that we have adopted over the years. Also, the curriculum should be the exact reflection of the needs, aspirations, values, attitude etc. of the typical Ghanaian society.  We need a formidable and appropriate educational philosophy that will lead us to the promise land.  Also, we ought to desist from publicly analyzing sensitive security matters in the media. All constructive suggestions and criticisms should be forwarded to the appropriate places for adoption or otherwise. Remember, the criminals hear you the title bearers (experts) as you pass security related comments on television sets or in radio sets such as; the police lack tools to adequately fight crime in Ghana, the
recent reshuffling at the police head office is not a panacea to overcoming the criminals, the weapons of the police are obsolete etc.  Last but not least, the police should be more tactful in dealing with crime in Ghana. In addition, we the civilians should play our individual roles to the latter in support of the police as we hope to making Ghana violence free, crimeless and a safe place to live. Ghana isn’t a man-hole. It is a blessed nation with unlimited prosperity. JAH, WE NEED YOUR INTERVENTION. Written by; NAVEI NYAMAWERO (The Hon. Assemblyman for Nimoro Electoral Area) Sissala West District Assembly, Gwollu-Upper West Region.
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