Evaluating the role drawing plays in educating primary school children in the Kintampo District of Brong Ahafo Region, Ghana.

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The study adopted the qualitative inquiry approach to investigate the role drawing plays in educating primary school children which requires the multi-method strategy including observation of real situations and in-depth interview of persons in order to solicit information to understand the issues involved. The population studied consists of 86 teachers and 190 children selected in 20 out of 119 primary schools in the Kintampo District of Brong Ahafo Region. The sampled studies are located in 11 different circuits. Information was solicited from all the circuits to have a true reflection of the real situation in the district as a whole. From the above it could be inferred that the supply of art materials to teachers as it used to be some years back is no more. The Ghana Education Service as the regulatory body for teaching and learning as well as schools management no longer supplies materials like coloured chalk, coloured pencils, sketch pads, cardboards and drawing papers for teachers to use when preparing their lessons and also for use in the classroom. Those teachers who are bent on using drawings have to use their own resources to acquire these materials. For some years now Visual Arts teachers are not seen to be up and doing. This stems from the fact that the Ghana Art Teachers Association (GATA) which used to be a very vibrant mouthpiece of Art teachers is no more and currently at the district and regional education offices nationwide, Art is placed in the hands of cultural coordinators. When this association is revived, it could go a long way to point out the wrongs of not having Art on the Primary school timetable and therefore advocate its return on the timetable. Drawing and Art works should be included on the Primary School Time Table.
A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Art Education