Exploring educational reform scenarios for the coming term and budget allocation

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As we complete WASSCE in WAEC Countries, there is discussion on how to reopen the entire education system in Africa. Sierra Leone yesterday announced 5th October, 2020 as its school reopening date. There are two scenarios currently being discussed in Nigeria:

Senario 1: complete 3rd term compressed in last quarter 2020 and start synced new academic year in Jan 2021. Which will sync with financial year. In this case, WAEC moves main exam to Aug/Sept 2021. (Eduwatch proposal)

Scenario 2: Cancel 3rd Term 2020/21, promote students with Continuous Assessment and start 2020/21 academic year FOR Basic Schs in October, and later start 2020/21 academic year in Jan when placement into SHS has been done. WASSCE results are not expected until November-Dec.

What do you think about the Ghana situation?

I am I love with the second scenario. There should be a gradual reopening from BS4 to JHS while those at the lower Primary remain hooked on to the GH Learning TV and Radio programmes at home.

SHSs should continue with the double track system with full adherence to social distancing (note that final years are gone and admissions into SHS1 may be done in January). This is because data has proven that there were more cases of C-19 in the SHSs than in the JHSs.

All tertiary institutions can reopen in September with a clearly spelt out internal protocols to avoid spread. These protocols should be approved by government health experts.

This is how Ghana share(d) our education sector budget

2007 -2010: Up to 30% of the budget allocated to Prim Education; 15% to Secondary.

2017-2020: Up to 18% allocated to Prim Education; 35% to Secondary.

Note 1: Secondary has increased by over 100%; Pri has reduced by over 100%.

Note 2: There are about 1.2 million students in secondary and over 6.5 million in pri schools.

Meanwhile: 75% of students in P6 are not proficient in English and Mathematics according to the Ministry of Education. The poor learning outcomes are due to among others, poor investments in basic education; weak management, and accountability.

How do we improve investments to increase the quality of public basic education in this situation, while maintaining the importance of secondary education?

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