Normally in Ghana’s festive season, what most teenagers do is work on their own toy guns, but this is not the case with Kelvin Amaniampong, a 14-year-old. While other teenagers are anxious to make their holidays more fun, Kelvin is busy fixing issues with the government’s Free Education program.
The Free SHS policy is good and has helped him a lot, but it comes with big challenges, according to Kelvin, who comes from a poor home. He argues that there is no way in which a developing country such as Ghana can adopt a Free Education program for its massive population and have no problems.
“Indeed, we’ve seen so many obstacles that it’s very hard to tell if this system is capable of time testing. Some of these problems include insufficient facilities, inadequate teaching staff,’ double-track system’ and books “–Kelvin.
Why the Double-track system?
The double-track system has been implemented with the Free SHS policy to address other challenges, but unfortunately, it is an issue itself.
Imagine students going on holiday for nearly two months. Students who do not have access to or are unable to afford standard holiday classes and have no books to read will pass the holiday without any learning practice. The trend is this academic dormancy has the tendency to make students develop a lackadaisical attitude toward schooling or become obtuse.
Kelvin and His Big Solution
Kelvin is Scrolbooks’ Co-founder–an eLearning platform that aims to be the largest free digital library in the nation. Kelvin comes from the Eastern Region of Ghana’s Akim Manso and is studying Pure Science at Ghana Senior High School, Koforidua.
According to him, due to inadequate teaching staff and textbooks, his first semester in high school was not so good. And he had no one to appeal to as the only Science student among his peers, borrowing Science textbooks to learn during the holiday. So for two months, no holiday lessons and no exams meant no schooling. For him, this was a very bad thing, so he had to find solutions.
He turned to the very resourceful website, but then he was confronted with a lot of content that was not in line with the syllabus of the GES. He had an idea to put his own books online after spending some time on the internet. He then turned to his uncle, a computer programmer, to help him bring the idea to life (Scrolbooks).
When completed, scrollbooks will offer both JHS and SHS students 100% free BECE, WASSCE, Nov-Dec, etc. past questions and answers, as well as all students at all educational levels in Ghana’s need.
Kelvin’s Scrolbooks provide the best solution to the country’s book problem.
Think of scrollbooks as’ the other FREE education,’ but it’s happening in your palm this time. Scrolbooks offers information whenever, whenever and 100% online. It is high time that the government invested in such programs to encourage him to slash “unnecessary” spending.
Referring to’ unnecessary’ spending, let’s recall the government’s decision to procure SHS students with PASCOs worth 4,000,000+. After a year, these books will become outdated and redundant. This means that more money must be spent each year on the printing of new books. Not to speak about broken and lost books.
Reports show that the Free Education system alone spends 57.9 per cent of the budget for each year.Scrollbooks is more than a sufficient replacement for the Free SHS service in a world where there is at least one smartphone in each home and very wide internet coverage, and advocates have called on the government to obtain the site.
One factor that inspired Kelvin to develop Scrolbooks was the effort of the government to introduce free internet in high schools. This will save millions of Cedis from both parents and the government that would have been used to buy traditional books.
Features of Scrolbooks
Scrolbooks will provide even more amazing features beyond giving students free books. It’s going to be the next Snapchat, according to Kelvin, but it’s primarily focused on education.
Some of these features are 1. Top students connect feature: This feature allows weak students to network on Scrolbooks with smarter students to help improve their studies or solve problems.
- Speak to a teacher: On the website, students will find good teachers to help them with further studying or help with homework. Teachers can thus earn additional income from Scrolbooks.
- Digital (Viral) features: Scrolbooks ‘ engaging and digital character makes learning more enjoyable. Instead of the’ false things,’ we see educational content going viral on social media. This has the potential to decrease student exposure to social media and instead encourage more constructive productive things.
- Quiz competitions: It is possible to hold quiz contests and honour top-performing candidates.
- Performing some sort of test.
- Performance tracking and evaluation: performance of students will be tracked, so students can request that their records be downloaded in a CSV file format.
Moral Lesson learnt from Kelvin’s Achievement.
Our duty as people is to build a nation. Why don’t we find creative ways to help solve these challenges together, instead of lambasting the government on every challenge we face? We win or lose as a people and as a country at the end of the day.