The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has commended Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in education for their efforts in promoting access to quality basic education in Ghana. The General Secretary of GNAT, Thomas Tanko Musah, expressed the association’s support for the CSOs’ petition to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on expenditure cuts in Ghana’s basic education sector.
The CSOs have been advocating for the removal of expenditure cuts in the basic education sector, as this threatens to reduce the number of beneficiaries of the Ghana School Feeding Programme. The programme provides one hot meal a day to 3.5 million public basic school children in Ghana.
Mr Musah acknowledged that the global partnership for education had put down benchmarks for the amount of money that needs to be allocated to the education sector. However, Ghana is currently falling short of this benchmark. He stated that the challenge facing the education sector is that, despite the country’s pledge to complete Sustainable Development Goal four, which is to leave no one behind, people are still being left behind.
Mr Musah emphasized that children cannot hold press conferences or demonstrate for their rights, and if they are not in school, they may end up in child labour. Therefore, the efforts of the CSOs are crucial in ensuring that children have access to quality education and are not left behind.
For the most part, Ghana’s annual population growth is about 2.3%, and it is important to ensure that all children are in school, especially those turning four years old. The CSOs’ petition to the IMF is essential in ensuring that the education sector is adequately funded, and children have access to quality education.
In conclusion, the GNAT commends the CSOs for their efforts in promoting access to quality basic education in Ghana. The education sector is crucial in ensuring that children have a brighter future and can contribute to the development of the country. It is, therefore, imperative that the government prioritizes funding for the education sector to ensure that no child is left behind.
Source: Adom online