Future educational policy must target rural communities for fairness and justice -Prof Oduro

George Kwaku Toku Oduro, a Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Educational Planning and administration, has advocated a future educational policy targeting less-endowed Areas in Ghana.

He said the past and present educational polices had made little impact on quality and equity components of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, especially in disadvantaged rural schools.

He said in managing the limited fund available for the Free Senior High School, as an example, future educational policy must focus more on the poor who could not pay their children’s fees.

‘This will ensure fairness and justice, which underpin equity and as such, we may have to learn a lesson from China, which through fairness in distributing educational resources make them what they are today,’ he stated.

Prof. Oduro, a professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Educational Planning and administration, a UNESCO Category Excellent Centre at University of Cape Coast (UCC), made the suggestion at a maiden Lecture Series organised by the Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS) of University of Education, Winneba (UEW) .

It was on the theme: ‘The State of Education in Ghana-the past, present and future’.

Prof Oduro, who was the guest speaker, shared his views on the theme, focusing on Policy Reforms from Academic Perspective.

He agreed with the adage that ‘the most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their understanding of their history’, adding that a generation that ignored history had no past and no future.

‘It is only when we search the past of policy reforms that our understanding of today’s policy reforms becomes strategically meaningful for the future,’ he said.

According to him, policy played a pivotal role in the operations of all sectors of a nation’s economy and explicitly provided a decision framework to stimulate any sector of a nation towards the attainment of its overall development agenda.

‘The educational system we inherited from the British has undergone many reforms since our nation was declared a Republic in 1960,’ he noted, adding that successive governments had all effected changes in the educational system.

Prof. Oduro said in ensuring that future educational policies were collectively owned by Ghanaians irrespective of political, tribal or religious orientation, governments on assumption of power must engage the people and implement what is best for them.

‘One thing which is effecting education seriously is the fact that, we have develop a mentality of not drawing the line between political party leadership and governance, so we have at the district offices for instant, we have District Chief Executive who must represent the district behaving like the constituency chairman of party A or Party B.

‘…… and people at the top of affairs who are to work for the entire citizenry, behave as political agents, in such a manner that affect educational rreforms,’ he stressed .

He suggested that government must implement recommendations by committees rather than pushing in unapproved reforms.

Prof. Avea E. Nosh, Director of IERIS, said the Institution mentored by UCC, was a research wing of UEW and comprised three centres namely basic education, school and community science and education policy.

According to him the concept for the lecture was conceived as part of the institution’s visibility agenda for UEW and the institution, including the launch of an Annual Education Lecture series and the annual State of education Report.

Prof. Emmanuel Obed Acquah who chaired the event on behalf of Prof Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor, stated that discussions on the theme was very core to their mandate to drive educational polices relevant to their academic programmes.

‘You will agree with me that Ghana has faced several challenges in its education system, of which historically, access to education was limited, especially in rural areas, however, the government made significant efforts to improve access and quality,’ he added.

The trajectory of education in Ghana will depend on how these factors evolve and how effectively all stakeholders, including the university, addressed the issues, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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