ACCORDING to Greek Philosopher, Aristotle, “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”
INDEED education plays a crucial role in the socio-economic development of every country.
IT is through education that countries like the United States of America (USA), Britain, Germany, France, etcetera, have been able to unlock their potential and are now reaping its fruits.
SO, it is very worrying when some of us hear/read that we as a country are not doing enough to ensure quality education at all levels of our academic stream.
A report by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) has revealed that the quality of education at all levels of our education ladder declined in 2015.
THE ISSER report, which is titled: “The State of the Ghanaian Economy,” explained that this was due to the fact that while there was increase in access, there was no corresponding increase in funding.
ACCORDING to the Director of ISSER, Professor Felix Asante, though there was increased access to education, the same could not be said for quality.
ON the question of the reason for the decline, a member of the report team, Dean of the College of Education and Leadership, Professor Jonathan Fletcher, said; “we have numbers versus quality. If you train one teacher very well and resource him, the returns are enormous but if you train ten of them and you don’t resource them, you are back to square one.”
ANOTHER factor the report identified as a cause to the decline in quality education is the stopping of teachers’ allowance to pave way to increase access.
THUS one key point here is that teachers, particularly those in public schools, are not motivated enough to give off their best.
BUT, the fact remains that we cannot rule out teachers’ conditions of service if we want to ensure that quality of education, especially in public schools, is always high.
THIS is something that we must consider seriously, if indeed, we want to realise our full potential as a country and also enjoy the sweet fruits of education like the Americans and British are enjoying now.
THAT also means that more investments would have to be made by our governments in the area of quality education.
AND this will among other things include training quality teachers and incentivising them well, building proper school facilities, and also encouraging more private participation.
WE, therefore, implore government to take the ISSER report serious and begin to work to reverse the trend of declining quality education.