‘We Need Educational Reforms for the Arts’ … Says Music Producer ‘Kaywa’

At the just ended National Music Summit in Accra, popular Ghanaian music producer ‘Kaywa’, called for educational reforms in Senior High Schools in the country with regards to the development of the Creative Arts. He said the Creative Arts industry required intelligent individuals and therefore, was not a dumping ground for school ‘drop outs’. He blamed the existing educational system for being bias in allocating courses at the Senior High School level. According to ‘Kaywa’ there has been deliberate efforts over the years to place Junior High School graduates with poor or below average grades in ‘Visual Arts’ courses, whereas students with excellent grades were given Science or Business related courses.

‘Kaywa’ explained that to get the Creative Industry on its feet, the problem must be tackled from the roots. “I believe that the entire nation has to go through another orientation; I mean positioning. We have to understand that the Creative Arts is not for ‘drop outs’ (college drop outs). Because, even our school system is not favouring us. When we say a science student, that’s the one who has all the A’s. The ‘General Arts’ and Business student are the middle. And, the ‘bomb’ (dumb student) is the ‘Visual Arts’. Yet, that is where the creative abilities are”, he said.

This year, the National Music Summit sought to throw more light on how to succeed in the music business in Ghana. ‘Kaywa’ was among the speakers who deliberated in selected areas regarding the theme of the event.

The National Music Summit is in its second year and part of the stream of activities for the annual Vodafone Ghana Music Awards celebration organized by Charterhouse.

By Jerry Wonder

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