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Education on corruption has been underestimated in the country – Kofi Abotsi

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) Kofi Abotsi has called for education on corruption to be intensified in the country.

He says the country has not been able to effectively deal with corruption because education on the vice is downplayed in the country.

“I think that the depth of civic education, particularly in our schools over the years has been problematic and that’s something we will want to look at and intensify so that people group with that mindset of the civic spirit,” he said.

Speaking on the Corruption Watch Show he said that corruption in the country is on the rise because of its prevalence in nearly every facet of society.

“One of the dangerous aspects of corruption is what the psychologists call herd mentality. A lot of people are indulging in corruption today because they think everyone is doing it,” he said.

He said that this psyche of corruption draws even the upright ones in the community into that defective mentality as corruption is seen to have a better pay off than honesty.

Corruption has been one of the societal evils the country still battles with despite efforts by various governments, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society groups to deal with it.

Mr Abotsi said for this fight to be won in the country, efforts must be geared towards ridding the people of the “herd mentality” by intensifying education against it.

“And the way to reverse that is to intensify education against corruption,” he said.

He further called for the implementation of an educational system that fights against corruption in our schools

Source: Jessie Ola-Morris (myjoyonline.com)

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