The government is urged to adequately resource the education system

Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC)

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The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has called on the government to provide the education system with adequate resources to improve learning outcomes.

He blamed the government for not providing adequate resources for the development of education in the country.

Mr. Festus Longmatey, Country Program Manager, GNECC, made the call during a workshop for Coalition members, media and Abidjan Principles stakeholders in Accra.

The workshop aimed to equip them with the knowledge and understanding to advocate for greater responsiveness of government policies to the educational needs of citizens.

The Abidjan Principles on the Human Rights Obligations of States to Provide Public Education and Regulate Private Sector Participation in Education were adopted in February 2019 in Côte d’Ivoire following a three-year participatory drafting and consultation process.

They are a point of reference for governments, educators and education service providers, setting out the international legal obligations of governments in the field of education.

Public-private partnership (PPP) is a contractual agreement between a public entity and part of the private sector with a clear agreement on shared objectives for the provision of infrastructure and public services traditionally provided by the public sector.

Mr Longmatey said the government should provide the necessary logistics to the managers of the education system instead of handing over to private managers.

He said the Ministry of Education attributed poor learning outcomes to ineffective management and supervision in public schools, hence his reason for considering the country’s school PPP.

However, he said, civil society organizations blamed it on factors including lack of accountability in education and investments in education within the Ghana Education Service.

The Head of National Programs said some of the PPP modules would not help improve learning outcomes, but rather widen existing inequality gaps in the education system.

“Some heads of private schools collaborate with some heads of public schools to admit some academically weak students into the public school when it is time to take the Basic Education Certificate exams due to their desire to achieve certain results,” he said. noted and stressed the need to pay attention to these issues within the framework of the PPP.

Mr Longmatey said the practice discriminates against learners, including people with all forms of disabilities in schools, and most PPP-run schools were more concentrated in urban areas and did not reach those in rural areas. , the poorest and most remote.

Ms. Bernice Mpere-Gyekye, National Coordinator, GNECC, highlighted the need for effective implementation of gender-responsive policies at all levels of education.

She noted that with the focus on girls, boys were neglected, which had adverse effects on their development.

“Advocacy for girls to be in school has been effective at the basic level, but the number of girls decreases as they progress to higher levels of education,” Ms Mpere-Gyekye said.

She called on stakeholders to work with the government to close the education inequality gaps in the country, as this was a cross-cutting issue.

The GNECC is a network of CSOs working in the education sector in Ghana with the aim of promoting quality pre-tertiary education for all children by changing attitudes and practices, and influencing the policies of institutions and public.

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