‘Education needs private sector support’

OKUJATO ABLAKWA- deputy minister of EDUCATION (2)The Deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Tertiary, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has called on stakeholders to partner the government to boost education in the country.

He said although the government was doing its best by allocating a huge chunk of the budget to the sector, it was not enough and, therefore, requires the contribution of the private sector.

Speaking at a public lecture in Accra on Thursday on the topic ‘Education sector in Ghana, past present and future, benchmarking global standards”, the deputy minister said there had been tremendous strides in the sector but more was required.

The lecture, organised by Paddies Club, a group of private sector and civil society leaders, was to create the platform to brainstorm n the way forward for Ghana’s education sector.

Mr. Ablakwa, giving an overview of the sector, noted that there were 20, 920, Kindergartens, 21,309 primary schools, 13,814 Junior High Schools, 840 Senior High Schools, 186 technical institutions, 44 teacher training institutions of which 38 of them are public and eight private.

There are also 10 polytechnics, 81 universities with11 of them being public and 70 private.

Mr. Ablakwa said apart from the number of pupils and students which kept increasing, the sector had one of the biggest workforce of 342,000.

This, he said, meant a lot, and required all hands on deck while commending some individuals who had set up private educational institutions to complement the government’s efforts.

Mr. Anis Haffer, an educationist, said the time had come “for us to take a second look at the educational curriculum.”

According to him, about 90 per cent of the country’s education was ‘tailored’ at grammar, compared to other countries where practical education was given to pupils and students.

Franklin Sowa, President of Paddies Club, for his part, said the programme was part of its second anniversary to highlight some of the challenges that confronted the educational sector.

He said the role of the educational sector to national development could not be over-emphasised and required the support of all.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour &
Jamila Abubakar    

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