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The Economy of Ghana Sixty Years after Independence$
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Ernest Aryeetey and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198753438.001.0001

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Education in Ghana

Education in Ghana

Access, Quality, and Prospects for Reforms

(p.349) 21 Education in Ghana
The Economy of Ghana Sixty Years after Independence

Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong

Oxford University Press

In spite of rapid increases in enrolments at all levels of education in Ghana, the educational ‘dividend’ has not been realized in Ghana as increased enrolments and graduation rates have not translated into faster economic development. While the supply of educated people has increased, there is concern that the quality of education in Ghana has declined in recent years due to rapid expansions in enrolments combined with declining funding. Far more important is the concern that Ghanaian education is irrelevant for the development of the country. This chapter discusses the evolution and growth of education at all levels, access to education, quality, relevance, and the prospects of reforms, with specific reference to the post-colonial period. The chapter concludes that the Ghanaian educational system needs to be radically reformed to improve efficiency and to make it relevant to meet the development needs of the country.

Keywords:   education, growth, quality of education, relevance of reforms, Ghana, skilled labour

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