ISSER worried about falling standards of education due to under-funding Featured

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research says the present quality of education in Ghana is nothing worth writing home about, attributing the situation to under-funding from the government.

 

The educational system is also inundated with many unresolved issues, extending right from the helm of the Ghana Educational Service, through to the National Association of Graduate Teachers and the Coalition of Concerned Teachers and other associations.

This, according to ISSER, coupled with the non-availability of sustainable and adequate funding, has influenced the quality of education in Ghana despite increments in enrollment.

These observations came to light during the launch of the institute’s latest report on the state of the Ghanaian economy with a focus on the education system.

Director of the institute, Prof Felix Asante, indicated that President Mahama’s claims that education under his watch had seen the implementation of progressively free SHS programme, scholarships for over 10, 000 SHS students, free school uniforms, free exercise books and free sandals for school children would be an exercise in futility if the sector was still starved with insufficient funds.

According to Prof Asante, many public schools are scrambling for the limited funds made available by central government, widening further the disparity between endowed and less endowed schools.

NAGRAT, on the other hand, says the NDC government has not been able to provide adequate funding to run and sustain policies like progressively free SHS, accusing the government of not devoting ample time and resources to education.

According to the President of NAGRAT, Christian Addae-Poku, government’s policy of building schools across the country is more for the approval of voters than it is for the benefit of the sector.

“We don’t think it’s prioritized. It’s a lip-service that government pays to education trying to tell everybody that education is a priority. As far as we practitioners are concerned, education is never a priority. If education was a priority, teachers would not be recruited and made to serve for two or three years without a salary. If education was a priority, why are district offices suffering with their subventions in arrears for four years? If education is a priority, why is government concentrating only on building schools and not on other aspects of the system that will education run on,” the NAGRAT boss told the media earlier this month during an interview.

Christian Addae-Poku explained that as far as NAGRAT was concerned, the NDC was playing to the gallery, seeking to please the electorate by implementing populist policies meant to get votes.

“The plain language is that our education is failing, our district offices are virtually non-functional and neither the government nor the ordinary citizen can be proud of this. Mr. President we humbly implore you to step in and save this situation,” Mr Addae-Poku appealed.

The Association also wants government to look beyond introducing social intervention programmes in the education sector, merely to score what it calls cheap political points.

           

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