Mr. Edmund Oppong Preprah, Chairman of the Kumasi Polytechnic Teachers Association (POTAG), has made a clarion call on the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to step up education to the teeming Ghanaian youth on the right usage of the social media and the Internet at large.
According to the K-Poly Lecturer, the emergence of social media had led to the falling standard of students’ articulation in the Queens language (English), which has affected their studies, since English is the universal language teachers use to teach in schools.
In an interview with The Chronicle, he indicated that, in as much as the great role of social media and the Internet play in our society, it had bile attached to it, and Ghana, as a country, must nip the resultant effects in the bud to direct the upbringing of Ghanaian the youth.
He bemoaned that students were fond of using abbreviated words when writing examinations. A situation, he noted, had affected the spellings of students. “Students spell words raw, as they hear them contrary to prescription of the dictionary.”
The POTAG Chairman said this anomaly stemmed from the growing youth addiction to social media, saying quite a number of the youth were addicted to the internet, and are exposed to colossal information on it.
“Many are those who are divided-minded in workplaces because of their addiction on social media and the internet, which leads to loss of production in our various workplaces,” he lamented.
He explained that the emergence of social media had led to a change of culture by some Ghanaian youth, since they are exposed to numerous cultures out there.
“The moral fiber is fast fading in our society, as the Ghanaian youth imbibe foreign cultures, leading to the current attitude of the youth, as some practice bad acts like phone sex, gayism and other immoral acts, which are odd to the Ghanaian society.”
The lecturer indicated that the growing get-rich syndrome (Cyber bullying) among the youth can be attributed to what the youth see on social media, and feel like adopting same as an accepted lifestyle.
He called on concerned authorities to educate the youth, and Ghanaians in general, about the effect of getting addicted to social media, and about the dangers of falling prey to foreign cultures.
Mr. Oppong Preprah noted that although the internet was the new neighbourhood and new playground for the youth, they ought to be advised and guided on the right usage of it, as far as morality is concerned.
The lecturer has, therefore, made a clarion call on the government, stakeholders, parents and all Ghanaians to step up education on this canker, since the hallmark of the youth of today is technology, and they need to be guided as they grow with it. “Let us come together and tackle this national canker,” he pleaded.
Source: The Chronicle