Mr. Richard Kwashie Kovey, head of the Campaign Against Privatization and Commercialization of Education (CAPCOE) has hinted that Ghana may miss its target of achieving the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) by 2030.
SDG4 focuses on quality education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, with ten goals for countries to achieve by 2030.
The targets: free primary and secondary education; equal access to quality preschool education; equal access to affordable technical, vocational and higher education; increase the number of people with the skills necessary for financial success; and eliminate all discrimination in education.
The rest is universal literacy and numeracy; education for sustainable development and global citizenship; building and upgrading inclusive and safe schools; develop higher education scholarships for developing countries; and increase the supply of qualified teachers in developing countries
He explained that Ghana needs to define its priorities, especially in the education sector, saying that the recent decision by the government to seek a financial bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could have various effects on education in the country.
Mr. Kovey said so while speaking on the topic, “The Potential Impact of the IMF Agreement on the Education Sector”, at the 15th edition of the Ghana News Agency, Tema Industrial News Hub Stakeholder Engagement.
The pledge is an initiative of the regional office of GNA-Tema as a progressive media caucus platform for state and non-state actors to address national issues.
He said IMF bailouts to governments over the years had certain conditionalities that the recipient country would have to adhere to, pointing out that this mainly led to a reduction in the quality of education, especially in public schools.
Mr Kovey further explained that the conditionalities would mean that the government at the time had to diversify its resources, which could lead to low salaries which, in turn, would lead to teacher absenteeism, protests against poor salaries of public sector workers, class system, excessive stress on teachers among other challenges.
The CAPCOE official said that the structure of education in the country from the basic level needs to be reviewed to produce the human capital required for national development.
He advised the government to formulate its own local policies before considering entering into a deal with the IMF saying, “If Ghana had its priorities right, there would be no need to go to the IMF for financial bailouts. “.
Other speakers at Stakeholder Engagement were Mr. Richard A, Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice; Mr. Edward Kareweh, General Secretary of the Ghana Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU); and Mr. Papi-Paulo Zigah, Director of International Operations, Future Careers Ghana.