“Without the European merchants and Colonial masters there would be no formal education in Ghana”: Another thought.

Daniel Etse



The thrust of this article is to examine the notion; “Without the European merchants and Colonial masters there would be no formal education in Ghana”. This has become necessary because of the widely held view among many Ghanaians including some intellectuals that; Ghana would not have had formal education if not for the European merchants and the Colonial masters. This article takes its audience through a brief history of formal education in Ghana; and then presents arguments to suggest that there would have been formal education in Ghana even without the European merchants and Colonialists. The methodology employed consists of: a review of literature on the evolution of formal education in different parts of the world including Ghana; and analysis of the notion “no European merchants and Colonialists, no formal education in Ghana” in the light of facts obtained from the reviewed literature.



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