A former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Charles Aheto-Tsegah, has asked managers of Ghana’s education to set the right priorities in education.
In his view, the right priorities will help deal with the challenges in the sector.
Speaking on the New Day show with Johnnie Hughes on TV3 Tuesday November 8, Mr Aheto-Tsegah noted that the educational sector in Ghana is going through crisis.
“We have not set our priorities right. This new management has to put the right priorities in place,” he said while contributing to a discussion on the challenges in education.
He stressed “we need to re-arrange the priorities again. Let us go back to the basis, spend close to 50 per cent of discretionary spending on education, do that and put in place the fundamental things – infrastructure and the rest.”
Also speaking on the same show, the Executive Director of the Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) Kofi Asare noted that allocation of resources to education in Ghana has dropped.
In 2012, he said, the government committed 7 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to education. However, in 2020, the government allocated 4.3 per cent.
“We must increase our spending in education system, in 2012 we were committing 7 percent of GDP to education. In 2020 we did 4.3 per cent,” he said.
“The government must ensure that at least 30 percent of discretionary expenditure going into education,” Mr Asare stressed.