The World Bank Country Director, Mr. Pierre Laporte, has commended the Government of Ghana for efforts to improve development through education in Ghana.
Mr. Laporte pledged the World bank’s support to Ghana towards the transformation of the country’s education landscape to meet the needs of the job market.
The commendation was made during a courtesy call on Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister for Education in Accra.
The World Bank Country Director during the meeting said Ghana would receive support from his outfit in the form of collaboration. The collaborations will aim at providing essential resources and skills to enhance the socio-economic development of Ghana. The overall objective of the support is to help to improve development through education in Ghana.
The 21st century is the century of technology, hence he called on the government of Ghana to strengthen and expand the digital technology and skills of the country to help speed up the transformation of the country.
The World Bank is already providing the country with support in the areas of secondary education to improve access to senior secondary education in underserved districts. It is also assisting in making quality education accessible in low-performing senior high schools in the country.
According to the Minister of Education, efforts towards skills development in junior and senior high schools are high on the agenda, and efforts towards bridging the intersection between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
According to Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the government aims at increasing enrolment in STEM-related programmes in the universities to 60:40 in favour of STEM.
Ghana aims at increasing the tertiary enrolment ratio, which stands at 18.8 percent to 40 percent by 2030 to increase access and bridge the gap.
He furthered that the government was ready to promote critical thinking in schools and also help improve development through education in Ghana. He believes this will lead to the total transformation of the economy.