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Over One Million Desks Needed by Public Basic Schools in Ghana says Eduwatch

Over One Million Desks Needed by Public Basic Schools in Ghana says Eduwatch

According to educational consultant and think tank, Africa Education Watch (Eduwatch), over one million desks are urgently needed in public basic schools across the country to ensure effective teaching and learning.

This is due to the fact that as of 2021, 2,330,893 basic school pupils did not have writing or seating places. Out of this number, 596,949 were in Kindergarten, 1,308,479 were in Primary, and 425,465 were in Junior High School (JHS).

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The country operates a dual desk policy at the basic school level, which means that over a million desks are needed to address the situation.

Speaking at the launch of the Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) in Accra, a Senior Programme Officer at Eduwatch, Divine Kpe, emphasized the importance of addressing the furniture deficit situation, which he attributed to increased funding for secondary infrastructure compared to that of the basic level.

He highlighted that the lack of desks in schools affects children’s academic performance and is one of the major factors that discourages some parents from sending their children to school.

To tackle this issue, Mr. Kpe called for increased funding for basic education infrastructure development by uncapping the GETFund and reviewing the formula for the allocation of the Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) to reflect the needs of basic education infrastructure.

The vice chairman of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC), Joshua Nyumuah, acknowledged that the government was doing its best, but stressed that more resources were needed to be channeled into the sub-sector to avoid an “educational accident.”

He emphasized that education is a human right enshrined in the SDG 4 and called on civil society organizations (CSOs) and the media to educate the public and the government on the implications of the desk situation in basic schools to empower citizens in the communities to demand action from local government to address the problem.

Solidarity messages were also delivered from stakeholders in the education sector and partners of GNECC, including ActionAid, Oxfam, CAMFED, National Association of Graduate Teachers, Ghana National Association of Teachers, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Ghana Education Service, and the Complementary Education Agency.

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