Education Ministry to collaborate with non-state actors to ensure delivery of quality education in selected low performing schools

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The Minister for Education, Mr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has said that in keeping to its resolve to pursue bold, transformative and innovative measures to improve education, the Ministry would enter into collaborative partnerships with non-state actors in the delivery of quality education in selected low performing schools.

According to him, currently, discussions are ongoing with Vodacom to use innovative funding mechanism to develop a data management system dashboard for decision making.

“Again, we are in discussions with Education Outcomes Fund (EOF) to launch outcomes based initiative in education by leveraging private sector resources,” he said.

Mr Opoku Prempeh who made this known at the opening ceremony of the 2019 national education week on Tuesday noted that collaborative partnerships with non-state actors have been pursued in the past.

“For instance, non-state actors were the main implementing partners in the delivery of Complementary Basic Education (CBE). Through the partnerships under CBE, the Ministry has trained and successfully mainstreamed over 250,000 out-of-school children in the formal school system,” he said.

However, he underscored the need to assess the implementation, financing and management strategies that has delivered, albeit slowly, the desired results.

“Our next move should be to resolve to meet the goals of the ESP and embrace innovative practices that will propel the education sector to levels we all desire,” he said.

Mr Opoku Prempeh emphasized that the Ministry will continue with its bold resolve to transform the sector and prepare the Ghanaian child to compete with the best in the world.

“Without such change in approaches and new ways of working, there is the risk of inertia and bureaucracies in the education service recognizing limitations in their traditional approaches but finding themselves unable to react with sufficient forcefulness and purpose to alter outcomes,” he added.

he also announced that the sector has developed the Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2018-2030), as a guide to help in the Ministry’s effort to attain SDG 4.

“First, the ESP enjoins us to work to achieve 65% of all Primary 4 pupils being proficient in English by 2030. Currently, 37% of Primary 4 pupils are proficient in English. In Mathematics, the ESP target is to achieve 50% proficiency rate by all Primary 4 pupils by 2030m,” he said.

Mr Opoku Prempeh also stated that, “The current P4 mathematics proficiency rate is 22%. At the Secondary level, the ESP target for tertiary qualification rate is 50% by 2030. The tertiary qualification rate has averaged 25% over the last 5 years. At the Tertiary level, we have committed to increase Gross Enrolment Rate (GER) from the current 15.95% to 40% by 2030. Again, we have committed to attain 60:40 sciences to humanities ratio at the tertiary level. The current science to humanities ratio is 29:71.”

In the spirit of collaboration, Mr Opoku Prempeh urged all stakeholders to make an effort to work within the framework of the ESP and build effective partnerships with the Ministry and other stakeholders in order to complement each other’s effort towards the attainment of the ESP targets.

Mr Opoku Prempeh used the occasion to launch the ESP 2018-2030.

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