Gov’t promised to provide 1,171 KGs in 4 years, only 90 KGs have been completed after 2 years

Tracking education in Ghana

iWatch Africa can confirm that only 90 Kindergartens (KGs) had been completed in primary schools without KGs across Ghana as at January 2019.

This follows a 2017 budget commitment by the government to provide “KGs in the 1,171 primary schools without Kindergartens across the country” over the next four years.

Checks by iWatch Africa across the country revealed that only 8 percent of promised KGs have been completed two years after the promise was made. This calls into question the government’s willingness to meet its 1171 target.

iWatch Africa can project that the Ministry of Education will not meet its target by the close of 2020 although it has promised the construction of additional 150 KGs in 2019.

Despite the government’s under-performance in the provision of KGs, it must be noted that it has fulfilled its 2018 commitment to review the basic level curriculum.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) announced on Thursday that it would from 2020-2021 roll-out the new curriculum for Primary School pupils to enable them to compete with their compatriots worldwide.

Under the new curriculum, the Kindergarten (KG) would have its learning areas reduced from seven to four which would be integrated into themes but would be treated in-depth.

Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, the Director General of the GES, made these known  at a media briefing in Accra.

Professor Amankwa explaining how it would be implemented throughout the country said, about 150 trainers have been given skills and they were expected to train 3,900 regional and district trainers.

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iWatch Africa will continue to track all of government commitments throughout the year.

By Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa |

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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