When Guggisberg set up a committee of educationists to propose a way forward for education in the Gold Coast, the issue of education for girls generated a lot of controversy. And even among those who agreed that girls needed to be educated, there was disagreement over what form it should take. For instance, should we opt for the co-ed system? Omanhene Essandoh was totally against such a move. If the co-ed system was the only possibility, he strongly advocated for putting a distance of at least half-a-mile between the boys and the girls. The reason for wanting to throw such a huge gulf between males and females in co-ed schools should be apparent. Also apparent is the fact that what we call ‘nkwadaa b?ne s?m’ has a long genealogy.
One thing comes out clear. Society always tries to repress drives which are deemed so powerful that they can be destructive if not brought under control. And because these are so potent, any such suppression usually fails. And in extreme cases, we have freakish results, like the various abuses bedevilling the Catholic Church.
I strongly believe that half of the car owners in this country are sages (and the other half are reckless idiots behind wheels!) We have lots of wisdom in inscriptions on trotros and taxis, like this trotro at Tema Station which seems to explain why Omanhene Essandoh wanted a distance of a mile and a half.