Productivity is the most important catalyst for our economy. And the most important catalyst for productivity is education.
Resource booms come and as we discover, they go – but our future depends on investing in our best natural resource: the creativity and skills of the Ghanaian people. LPG’s plan to position Ghanaian kids today, to win the jobs of the future globally. To create jobs of the future, new skills are required such as computer coding.
Digital technologies, computer science and coding – the language of computers and technology – should be taught in every primary and every secondary school in Ghana and should be part of the national curriculum.And LPG Government will make this a national priority.
We will work with the Ghana Education Service in charge of national curriculum to make this happen.Coding is the literacy of the 21st Century.And under LPG, every young Ghanaian will have the chance to read, write and work with the global language of the digital age.All of us who have had our children teach us how to download an app, know how quickly children adapt to new technology.
But we don’t just want Ghanaian kids playing with technology, we want them to have the chance to understand it, to create it, and work with it.We can’t do this without great teachers – not now and not and in the future.
LPG will invest GHc2.0billion over 4 years to:
- Implement computer programming and coding as a core in the national curriculum.
- boost the skills of 100,000 current primary and secondary teachers
- we will train 50,000 new teachers who are (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths graduates.
- and will encourage more women to study, teach and work in these fields.
We need to offer the most powerful incentive to Ghanaians thinking about studying science and technology: a good job.
A career in science does not only mean a lifetime in a lab coat, it means opening doors in every facet and field of our national commercial life.
One of the main reasons that Ghana has such a high unemployment rate is because there is a fundamental mismatch between the skills demanded by employers and those possessed by much of the potential workforce.
In pursuit of economic freedom, the government must work to give more people the education and skills they need to get a job and to support the kinds of research and development that can make Ghana a winning nation in a globalized knowledge economy.
The LPG National Education Technology Plan 2021 (NETP) calls for revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering. It urges our education system at all levels to
- Be clear about the outcomes we seek.
- Collaborate to redesign structures and processes for effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility.
- Continually monitor and measure our performance.
- Hold ourselves accountable for progress and results every step of the way.
The plan recognizes that technology is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work, and we must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences and content, as well as resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete, authentic, and meaningful ways. Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels.
Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators’ competencies and expertise over the course of their careers. To shorten our learning curve, we should look to other kinds of enterprises, such as business and entertainment that have used technology to improve outcomes while increasing productivity.
We also should implement a new approach to research and development (R&D) in education that focuses on scaling innovative best practices in the use of technology in teaching and learning, transferring existing and emerging technology innovations into education, sustaining the R&D for education work and creating a new organization to address major R&D challenges at the intersection of learning sciences, technology, and education.
Making Ghana a preferred higher education destination for students from all over the world. This would not only reduce huge spending abroad by rich Ghanaians, but also enable Ghana to earn significantly from higher education.
The LPG will give education its due place in governance to achieve social, economic, cultural and technical advancement. Education will be the Government’s instrument to reduce poverty, promote health, protect the environment and advance gender equality. Government budgetary allocation to education shall be increased.
Particular emphasis shall be laid on value education, inclusive education, education of the deprived groups and all those who need additional support. The examination system will be reviewed for extensive reform.
- Widespread network of providing skill orientation and vocational training shall be established. Provisions for certification of skills acquired traditionally or through private initiatives shall be made.
- Additional structures and facilities shall be created at secondary stage to provide generic vocational skills to every child who is willing to do so.
- A fresh countrywide initiative shall be launched to bring about an attitudinal transformation among parents and communities towards skill development and vocational education.
- Industry shall be persuaded to play a greater role than at present to prepare skilled manpower, which will be of mutual benefit.
- To develop competent Technical manpower catering to the need of various industries and other organizations within Ghana and International.
- To develop and strengthen Technical & Vocational Education at all levels through formal and non-formal mode with need based courses, quality, and curriculum, learning resources and teaching learning process, assessment certification through standardized national and international level agencies.
- To strengthen and upgrade some of existing good Technical Institutions into Centre of excellence.
- To encourage Private Sector participation in establishment of new world class Technical institutions in emerging areas of Engineering/ Technologies and also to strengthen Industry Institutes interaction for enhancing employability of Ghanaian youths.
- To make Technical Institution self-sustainable in future by way of granting them autonomy.
- Institutions of higher learning shall be given full autonomy, coupled with accountability, in real practice.
- Access to higher education shall be expanded without any compromise on quality and content. Private initiatives shall be encouraged within the broad educational priority parameters and provisions for focus groups.
- Manpower planning shall be put in place and made active and effective. Higher education prepares top-level manpower for every sector. Hence, its quality and relevance have a multiplier effect.
Liberal Party of Ghana will merge JHS and SHS into a 6 year programme to remove unnecessary school dropouts. We will also employ well motivated teaching staff in every classroom nationwide.
We will make provision of financial assistance to private schools to build high quality school infrastructure. Provide high quality school environments nationwide, and also remove all schools under trees.
We will implement school bus system to enable pupil access education from schools in their catchment areas.