Growth in Greater Accra’s urban population has outpaced growth in public basic schools – Report

A Report released by the Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch) has noted that Ghana’s population is youthful, with about 42 percent aged between 0 and 14 years.

Between 2010 and 2021, while the population of Greater Accra grew by about 36%, from 4.01,million to 5.45million), there was only an 11% increase in the number of public basic schools in the Region.

The report added that in a fast-growing lower middle-class municipality like Adentan where the population increased from 78,000 to 111,000 between 2010 and 202112, the number of public primary schools has only increased by 4% in the past ten years.

“Obviously, the growth in Greater Accra’s urban population has outpaced its growth in public basic schools over time, causing pressure and overcrowding in the few available classrooms,” it said.

“Quality learning outcomes can only emerge from the effective implementation of Ghana’s StandardBased Curriculum. However, its effective
implementation depends on the provision of teaching and learning resources, the development and adoption of participatory and creative
pedagogic skills, and most importantly the existence of recommended class sizes that supports participatory and creative teaching and
learning,” the report added.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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