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The World Bank has warned that about 56 per cent of Ghana’s human capital will go waste in the next 18 years because of the poor quality of the country’s education system.
The gloomy countdown is contained in the World Bank’s latest Human Capital Index (HCI) report. According to the stunning report, only 44 percent of children born in the country today will become productive when they grow up.
The HCI, which measures the amount of capital that a child born in the country today can expect to attain by age 18, stated that the poor quality of education would translate into lack of capacity to support sustainable national development.
The report, which was made public by the World Bank Ghana Office in Accra, ranked Ghana poorly in education with a position of 116th out of 157 countries.
The Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, a Deputy Minister of education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, and the National Coordinator of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), Ms Veronica Dzeagu, attended the event.
Presenting the HCI report, the World Bank Head Lead, Dr Antonio Guiffrida, revealed that the harmonised test scores of students in Ghana was 307 on a scale where 625 represented advanced attainment and 300 represented minimum attainment.
He attributed the poor showing of the country on the HCI test scores to poor quality of education and inadequate investment in the sector.
“The reality is that the education in Ghana is not of good quality, some children do not go to school at all, others go to school but do not complete, while others are malnourished and cannot fully attain their potential,” he stressed.
This damning report is coming despite the New Patriotic Party (NPP) policy of free Senior High School Education. The policy is currently facing challenges of infrastructure and quality of tutors.
Dr Guiffrida observed that although Ghana had enormous natural resource potential, the country had not been able to sustainably develop because of the weak capacity of her human resource.
He added that the only way to reverse the trend was for the country to invest in its human resource to imbibe the right innovation and technology that would help make the best use of the natural resources.
Source: Whatsup News