Comparative analysis of educational perspectives in Margaret Ogola's The River and the Source


  • Alberta Aseye Ama Duhoe Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Beauty Patience Addo Department of Ghanaian Languages, Mount Mary College of Education, Ghana
  • Adu David Tuffour Department of Languages, Atebubu College Of Education, Ghana
  • Faustina Gyampoh Department of Languages, Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education, Ghana
  • Benjamin Praise Afeku Department of Languages, St. Francis College of Education, Ghana


education, hardwork, The River and the Source, mothers, children


Informal education has fundamental ideas that allow children to fit in the society since the instruction is geared towards ensuring that responsibility and obedience are instilled. In the text, one was to follow chik, mothers had the task of coaching their children, which is why Akoko, the protagonist takes a stronger role in her children's instruction. She made sure they understood the value of hard work by putting them to work. "...... his mother's proverb that the sun should never dawn and find a man still sleeping." Page 52. "Stupidity in a woman was only somewhat worse than stupidity in a man." page 65 The Missionary provided formal schooling. As children progressed through the educational system, the gender divide became more apparent. Many boys joined high school than girls. Girls had a higher rate of dropping out than boys. Awiti and Peter worked hard in order to pursue their dreams. They chose different paths: Peter studied to become a priest, while Awiti became a teacher. They had realized the value of education as long as resources were allocated in accordance with one's profession. Mark ensured that each of his children received a good education. Despite Becky's reluctance, he struggled to persuade her to finish her A- levels. The Aoro family also devotes their resources to educating their children. Wandia Mugo excels in school and plans to pursue a doctorate in medicine.


Ogola, M. (1994). The River and the Source. Nairobi: Focus Publishers.







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Comparative analysis of educational perspectives in Margaret Ogola’s The River and the Source. (2022). Journal of Postcolonial Writing and World Literatures, 3(1), 1-4.

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