Promoting Quality Assurance in Our Schools

Friday, September 22, 2017

The recent closure of five private schools by the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education is a welcome move, if only it was the last resort, meant to ensure quality assurance at the affected schools.

All the schools operating in the country must be made to religiously follow the quality assurance put in place by the government to ensure that the school environment, the subjects taught and teachers meet the requirements to measure up to expectations.

Operating a premise as a school that is not conducive environment for effective teaching and learning must not be condoned in midst. 

Quality assurance is a powerful means to improve the effectiveness of education. Its key principle is that the main actors at the forefront of education, such as teachers, head teachers and other stakeholders at school level are responsible for improving educational performance.

Addressing issues related to education quality enhances real learning, measured by the development of core competencies, including literacy, numeracy, and life skills.

However, the government should not only concentrate on trying to enforce quality control mechanisms at private schools when the public schools are equally wanting. 

Whatever it is that tantamount to “unconducive school environment” – the main reason for the closure of the five schools – undoubtedly, is likely to be prevalent or even rampant at some public schools. And as such, it is incumbent upon any regulator who cares to find out.

In spite of the free education being offered by the government schools, many parents still prefer to take their children to the private schools and pay thousands of dalasi, even at primary school level.  There is a reason for this.  No one just wants to be spending money, because you have it.  The main reason people prefer “expensive education” at the private schools over the free education of the public schools is quality. 

Generally, the private schools have better quality education and quality assurance systems than the public schools.  There is a pressing need to look inwards into the operations of the public schools, just like it is being done for the private schools.

Solving the quality lapses of the private schools and neglecting the public schools is not going to help improve the already poor standard and diminishing quality of education in the country.

Each and every school, be it public or private, should take it upon itself to be doing self-evaluation and development planning processes so that it would not be found wanting.

“‘unconducive school environment shouldn’t be condoned in schools.”
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