Ghana, the amazing West African nation which is known for its beautiful beaches, wildlife and old forts, has also come a long way in recent years in terms of education.
According to GhanaWeb, in the year of 1957 at the time of independence, there was only one university in the country, and just a handful of secondary and primary schools. However, in the past ten years, the number of educational institutions has significantly increased, as 40 percent of the nation’s annual budget is now spent on education.
Today, Ghana has about 18,530 primary schools and over 9,000 junior and senior high schools.
After receiving basic education, students may start a senior high school (technical or vocational), which lasts for three years. Subjects vary depending on the school, and often include core and elective classes like English, Geography, Economics, Math, Literature, and even History and Religion, where students can learn about the rich Christian traditions and churches in Africa.
Furthermore, the citizens of Ghana also have the privilege to choose between 28 training colleges, 20 technical institutions, and four diploma-awarding institutions, such as the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and the University of Ghana.
World Bank approves additional $85.7 million for education in Ghana
On June 28, 2017 the World Bank announced the approval of $85.7 million for Ghana’s education alongside the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation Project (SRWSP), as reported by GBN. The money is intended to go towards secondary education improvement, which will further increase the number of enrolled high school students in the nation.
Furthermore, the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) was also granted an additional generous amount of $40 million in order to support low-performing schools in the 100 SEIP districts. There are also 23 newly constructed schools that will benefit from these finances, and scholarships will be allotted to needy students. Needless to say, the money will automatically improve the quality of education at these institutions, and also help expand facilities in 75 schools.
Ghana’s Country Director’s Thoughts on the Matter
The World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Mr. Henry Kerali had the following to say on the matter; “The proposed additional financing under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) would provide support to the achievement of better learning outcomes to over 100 additional schools, nearly doubling the number of schools targeted under the SEIP, while continuing to support activities to increase enrollment in undersubscribed schools.”
The education in this thriving nation has come a long way, and is expected to reach new heights in the years to come. With good leadership and such smart financial decisions, it is only a matter of time before Ghana’s education becomes parallel with some of the world’s best.