Former director general for the Ghana Education Service, Mr Michael Nsowah says the quality of education is based on access, quality and management.
The government’s attention on infrastructure only is rather slowing the efficient education system needed in Ghana as these three are like a tri pot, one can’t perform well without the other.
Also an educationist, Mr Nsowah said in providing quality education, the government must pay teachers well, provide tools needed for teaching.
The government should also focus on infrastructure and the managers in the education sector.
Mr Nsowah was not able to ascertain whether education is part of this country’s priority even though education is the foundation to the success of every country.
Conditions of work and service are factors guiding teachers for efficient delivery.
The conditions of service which focuses on the wellbeing of the teachers if not well provided could affect the quality of education. Conditions of work which has attention on tools and equipment is also needed, he said.
Building progressively and focusing on just one aspect shows inefficiency in the provision of quality education.
This comes on the back of the President John Dramani Mahama admitting that he cannot complete all the 200 community day schools he promised Ghanaians in his first term in office.
He said 123 schools were under construction but claimed that he could not complete all of them before the December 7 general election, confirming skeptics’ perception on the grandiose promise.
The Former director general of GES said the focus on quality education is very less, whiles the focus is only on the access which is even in bits. “If this continues, Ghana’s education will collapse”, he stated.
Mr Nsowah conclude that, monies disbursed for the provision of school uniform and sandals which is even in a very minimal supply could be pushed into other sectors as that is not the duty of the government.
By: Maame Yaa Emefa Coffie