Respecting culture could fix Ghana schools’ problems


Ghanaians were dismayed in May 2015 when an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report declared the country’s school system bottom of the class. The report’s authors collected data from 76 countries to produce what has been called the biggest ever global school rankings.

Ghana’s Ministry of Education rushed to defend itself, but the report has simply proved what many education experts already know. It’s been three decades since Ghana introduced a vocational, practical school model.

The model was designed to tackle Ghana’s acute lack of technical manpower that would have the relevant skills to bolster the economy. But a look at the country’s educational results and the system as a whole shows that there are major problems with this model and how it has been implemented.

Critics of the education system say that its failure to incorporate Ghanaian cultural values is a large part of the problem…

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