Thursday , 9 February 2023

Increase budget allocation for education to 23% – Child rights activist urges government

Child rights activist, Joyce Larnyoh has recommended an increase in budgetary allocation for education to 23% to help enhance quality.

In response to the rots revealed in Ghana’s education sector via a JoyNews documentary, the activist said that the deficit in infrastructure within the sector is a result of inadequate funds.

“Budget allocation should be increased from 12% to 23%, and this is our job as civil society to come and bring these messages to government to appreciate the importance of the early stage learning,” she said.

Ms. Larnyoh is an educationist and Country Director of the International Child Development Programme.

According to her, although the government has made progress in developing education, the foundation stages could use additional efforts.

She lamented the meagre percentage of budgetary allocation to the sector, saying that it is bad and insufficient in addressing the country’s education needs at the basic level.

Explaining further, she added that education is a right and that government must ensure it is delivered with equity and equality as well as driven towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which stress inclusivity, safe and healthy learning environment and empowering teachers harnessing issues around the revolution.

She explained that by 2030, Ghana would have to give an account of its education sector in relation to the SDG, as a result, should put more effort into developing the sector.

Meanwhile, President of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Reverend Isaac Owusu, speaking on the show, has said that educational policy formulators themselves do not believe in the policies and therefore, such a situation impedes the development of education in the country.

A JoyNews documentary headlined Ghana Schools of Shame has revealed what has been described by many as extremely poor conditions that characterise education in the northern region of Ghana.

The documentary revealed that 34, 290 children in the North East region alone do not have furniture. 

Kpandai district alone records more than 7,000 school pupils who do not have desks.

In the revealing videos, while teaching and learning activities were in session, pupils are seen seated on bare floors while a few others were seated on stools they carried from home.

The pupils have complained about the condition as some say their uniforms get dirty easily since they need to change their direction once in a while as they sit on the floor. 

Ms. Larnyoh said that the sitting postures of these pupils are worrisome and would affect their concentration in class.

According to a pupil, their mothers would not allow them to wash their uniforms regularly as a result of the high cost of living.

In the wake of the documentary, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised to distribute tablets to Senior High School Students.

Some have expressed their disdain for the approach as they believe attention needs to draw to issues bedeviling the basic schools.

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