Closing the inequality gap in children’s educational attainment in Ghana will harness the potentials of children and in a wider sense position the country on a sound footing for future growth.
To achieve this, a multi sectoral approach is needed to address issues of equity and equality among children of school going age and also achieve SDG4 which focuses on inclusive and equitable access for all.
A research on, “Closing the inequality gap in children’s educational attainment” has revealed that pendulum policies by successive governments do little to address the teething problems in Ghana’s education sector.
At a dissemination conference on the findings of the research in Elmina, Dr. Edward Sosu of the School of Education, University of Strathclyde, in the UK indicated that the issue of inequality was identified to start in the early years of children before they start formal schooling. He said during the formative years of the children, the kind of education these children receive holds a major stake in them getting a head start subsequently or otherwise.
Group picture of participants at the Conference
He noted the research identified three forms of poverty affecting education in the country. These three include school resource poverty where schools do not have the pre-requisite resources to deliver their mandated role; household poverty where the lack of money in homes affects children’s educational outcome and accessibility poverty that focuses on pupils and teachers not getting access to schools.
Beyond the provision of resources, Dr. Sosu believes leadership and supervision in the education sector is necessary with parent-school engagement and community practices also playing key roles in improving Ghana’s education sector.
Addressing these challenges, Dr. Edward Sosu said the issue of inequality should be part of government’s policy agenda. He also called for data on the inequality gap between children of low income and middle income households to be made public to afford Ghanaians a good reason to hold policy makers accountable.
On her part, the Central Regional Director of Education, Madam Jane Sabina Obeng, called on parents to also support in efforts at promoting access to education. She indicated that the issue of equity and inequality have been well addressed by the education service with its responsible ministry.
Madam Obeng said the role of parents, especially fathers is crucial to the holistic growth of children academically. She bemoaned the situation where the academic growth of children are left solely to mothers and schools without the community and fathers playing any major role. She advised that a concerted effort from all stakeholders will correct the gloomy picture being painted about children’s educational attainment.
Source: AKOSUA AKYEABEA SACKEY/ATL FM NEWS