MoE spokesperson reacts to Ghana’s education quality in YDI ranking - Onlinetimesgh

MoE spokesperson reacts to Ghana’s education quality in YDI ranking

The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng after Ghana was ranked 125 out of 183 countries in the Youth Development Index says the media report has made it seem the country is the worst in terms of quality education globally.

In a social media post sighted by Onlinetimesgh.com, he said “The recent media reports on Ghana’s education quality ranking by the Global Youth Development Index underscore a broader concern regarding the state of journalism, which often prioritizes sensationalism over substance.

Headlines are crafted with the motive of driving maximum engagement, perpetuating a narrative of failure without a thorough examination of the underlying data.

A closer look at the Global Youth Development Index (YDI) indicates that its assessment of education quality relies on specific indicators and time frames with this particular report spanning from 2010-2022.

Specifically, digital literacy among youth aged 15-29, a crucial variable, was last measured in 2013. This overlooks a decade of potential progress, including initiatives like smart schools and digital literacy programs.

Similarly, literacy rates, another key metric, were last updated in 2021. However, significant improvements have been recorded since then, such as the notable increase in literacy rates at basic schools from 2% in 2015 to 38% in 2022, as indicated by the outcome of the National Standardized Test.

Furthermore, the YDI’s measure of lower secondary school completion only extends to 2021, failing to capture recent developments such as the Free Senior High School (SHS) program, which has substantially increased enrollment and transition rates from lower secondary schools.

While acknowledging that there is room for improvement, it’s important to recognize the strides Ghana has made in education. We must approach such reports with a critical eye, ensuring that we do not overlook the significant gains our country has achieved. Let’s commit to thorough analysis and understanding of data to accurately assess our progress as a nation.”

Meanwhile, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, in an interview with Joy News has said that the latest Youth development index should not be seen as competition.

“This is an opportunity for us to work together. If you look at the Sustainable Development Goals they are a challenge for every one of us.

This is not a competition between us…it is a competition between the threats that face us and what we have learnt in our Commonwealth if we coalesce around what works. If we share what does not work and collaborate then we can compete together…we are at our best if we collaborate,” she said.

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