In order to help turn around performance in our public basic schools and provide equitable access to quality basic education to all children, the Ministry of Education developed an Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2018-2030) with quality, access, equity, sustainability and relevance, as its key priority areas.
The World Bank in collaboration with Ghana, is implementing a five-year project called the Ghana Accountability Learning Outcomes Project, or GALOP. GALOP’s objective is to ‘improve the quality of education in low performing basic education schools and strengthen education sector equity and accountability in Ghana.’ It is targeted at the 10,000 low least performing Basic Schools (Kindergarten, Primary and Junior High Schools), and all special schools with direct interventions. The total project amount is $218.7m. It is jointly funded by the World Bank, Department for International Development (DfID) and Global Partnerships for Education (GPE).
To achieve the project’s objective, the school system will benefit from the enhanced capacity of teachers to effectively discharge their duties through continuous professional development, as well as an enhanced capacity of heads of schools to effectively manage schools for improved outcomes. Other benefits include an enhanced capacity of Circuit Supervisors to strengthen school inspections and supervision. District Education Directorates will also benefit through training in education management and provision of District Grants. The project will also promote equitable deployment of trained teachers, incentivize teachers’ deployment to rural areas, strengthen School Management Committees to promote school-community engagement and provide Learning Grants as additional resources to the Capitation Grant.
Finally, the Development and distribution of Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs) on the national curriculum and the supply of quality TLMs to special schools will be a key benefit of the GALOP project. The end goals of these reforms are “to deliver quality education service at all levels that will equip learners in educational institutions with the skills, competencies and awareness that would make them functional citizens who can contribute to the attainment of the national development goals”