A Ghanaian Educationist and counselor has described it as ‘wrong’ to refer to teachers as facilitators in the New Standard-Based Curriculum organized by the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA).
Educationist Daniel Fenyi questioned the purpose of that decision by NaCCA.He asked if anyone bothered to know what a facilitator does.
”under the new curriculum, the teacher is called a Facilitator. Has anyone bothered to know what a facilitator does? ” He asked.
”Well, he basically raises a topic, builds an argument around it without taking sides and ‘just guides’ a learner to make his philosophies and believes according to his own conviction.” He explained.
Meanwhile,the educationist said the work of a facilitator is basically meant for learners with mature minds.
”how does one build arguments around fixed knowledge like the Alphabets, Colours, History, etc.” He quizzed.
”This kind of exercise is for mature minds. How does one build arguments around fixed knowledge like the Alphabets, Colours, History, etc.” He asked.
However,he indicated a child must be taught and thefore by a teacher.
”A CHILD must be TAUGHT! Hence, at the basic level, a teacher is a TEACHER, not FACILITATOR! ” He argued.