PPP Communications Member and Lecturer at Ashesi University, Mr. Fredrick Anyan (RIGHT)
PPP Communications Member and Lecturer at Ashesi University, Mr. Fredrick Anyan (RIGHT)

…but blames gov?t for its woes.

PPP Communications Member and Lecturer at Ashesi University, Mr. Fredrick Anyan (RIGHT)
PPP Communications Member and Lecturer at Ashesi University, Mr. Fredrick Anyan (RIGHT)

By Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor, Punch Newspaper

The clarion call to action by the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) is that Ghanaians must engage in a productive national debate on how to implement free, compulsory education through to the Senior High School level.

According to PPP, all Political parties, think-tanks, research organisations and business groups should contribute their ideas and knowledge, and work to present solutions to make the goal of a free, compulsory high school education a reality, for every Ghanaian boy and girl.

Meanwhile, the PPP Communications Member and Lecturer at Ashesi University, Mr. Fredrick Anyan says government must be blamed for the poor educational quality in the country.

Mr. Anyan however said despite investments by government, the sector still faces some challenges prominent among them is the poor performance of BECE students over the past decade.

A total of 1,874,385 students have failed the B.E.C.E exams over the past decade.

He noted we cannot as a nation gain the benefits that can be shared broadly if our people do not have the needed skills and knowledge to offer high end local content.

Mr. Anyan said by necessity, we must compare our policy and practice in education to that of other nations.

He stated with this comparative analysis, it will show that our current practice in the critical area of education is not forward-looking enough and will entrench in poverty if we do not ensure a dramatic shift in education policy and practice.

Mr. Anyan, who is a joint PhD holder at Norwegian University and Australian National University noted the investing in people is not enough because is not a sure guarantee that a country can build knowledge based human resource.

He opined that what is critical is to invest in relevant/priority areas which will eventually translate into economic growth and freedom.

 

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report of UNESCO shows that if all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty which could be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.

He said despite the average of 20% upward adjustment of our national budget in education is quite significant but unfortunately, B.E.C.E results keep falling from 2008 up to date with the number of failures increasing every year.

Acccording to him the high cost of secondary and tertiary education tends to marginalize the poor and thus make it difficult for them to get out of poverty.

Mr. Anyan explained the low morale and commitment of teachers due to Poor conditions of service of teachers relative to other professions? coupled with inadequate teaching materials and poor quality infrastructure continue to dampen the morale of teachers especially in public.

 

Many teachers including newly trained ones are often reluctant to accept postings to rural and deprived areas of the country.

Unattractive teaching profession, low teacher motivation, low teacher- students? ratio, inadequate teaching facilities and instructional materials, Poor supervision/monitoring he said are all factors leading to poor quality education in this country.

However, the PPP is proposing for the funding of a free, compulsory, continuous education vision through enhancement in government revenue.

According to the Communications Member, they propose for a minimum of 30% of the national budget to be spent on education with an estimated incremental spending over a five year period of GHS5.5 billion given the knot.

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