EDUCATION - Overview of Pre-Tertiary Education
Distribution of schools in the municipality is quite even. The Municipal Assembly can boast of two (2) well known senior secondary schools, namely, Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Legon and West Africa Secondary School, Adenta West. There are about 13 privately owned secondary schools which include Elim Senior Secondary school, Action Progressive Institute, Preset Pacesetters Institute, Faith Baptist Senior Secondary school, Albert Academy, Pre Modal and Madina Senior Secondary School.
There are seventy-one (71) public Junior Secondary Schools and a number of private schools which are sited mainly in the peri-urban areas of the municipality. Also, there are 68 public primary schools with about 40 Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC) and enroll only 9.8% of children at that level. There are however a number of privately owned ECDCs. There are therefore 181 public schools in the municipality. Most of the schools lack libraries; ICT resource centers and recreational grounds.
It is also import to state that most of the school lands are also being encroached upon. These include Madina Estates Basic School, WASS Experimental Basic School and at Nkwantanang traders have invaded the school compound. Reclamation of these lands will have to be undertaken to ensure that land is available for future expansion projects,
The table 1.5 gives details of education infrastructure while figure 3 shows its spatial distribution.
It can be noted from the table above that privately owned schools at all levels are more than the public schools in the Municipality. Not surprising though, pupils in private schools have relatively better infrastructure than their public school counterparts in the municipality. The problems of inadequate and poor quality infrastructure in the public schools can be
The situation in the urban areas of the municipality that is, Madina, Dome, Haatso, Taifa and Kwabenya is compounded by overcrowding with an average of about 120 pupils per class. This means the number of classes exceeds the number of classrooms and therefore the children are over crowded. This situation is affecting the quality of education and an increasing concern about the competence of our public schools. Unlike the situation in the urban and peri-urban areas enrolment is low in the rural areas especially Adenkrebi. The same trend applies to staffing.
The introduction of the CAPITATION grant and the school feeding programme has increased enrolment in the 35 participating schools. Adenkrebi, one of the rural communities however need serious attention to improve enrolment. Table 1.7 presents enrolments in public schools by gender.
The table 1.6 above indicates that enrolment of boys in the KG increased by 0.013% whiles girls enrolment fell by 3.2% in 2009. The total enrolment at that level fell by 1.28%. At the primary school level boys enrolment increased by 3.8% while the overall enrolment increased by 1.9%. Boys enrolment at the Junior High Level increased by 2.7% while enrolment of girls increased significantly by 5.1%. In totality girls enrolment was better than boys and stood at 3.42% while boy recorded 3.09%
Staffing In Public Schools
Staffing in the various schools is quite encouraging. There are 1426 teachers in the various schools with 1387 (97.26%) being trained teachers while 39 (2.73%) are untrained. It is important to note that most of the untrained teachers can be found at the KG level. These teachers must be encouraged to upgrade their skills to ensure effective teaching and learning. Table 1.8 gives details of the staffing position.
Overview of Tertiary Education
A number of tertiary institutions also exist in the municipality. These include the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), Graduate School of Management and Wisconsin University (privately owned). Of recent addition is the Boyer University Colledge at Madina Zongo Junction. The Municipality also shares a common border with the University of Ghana, Legon.
The National Women’s Vocational Training Center at Madina is the only public training/vocational institution in the municipality. Unfortunately however the school’s infrastructure is very poor. Urgent attention is needed to improve infrastructure as well as equipment and other logistics to provide the needed skills development to reduce feminized poverty. The school is to be upgraded under the Gender Sensitive Responsive Skills programme which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of women and children’s Affairs. There are however a number of private institutions which includes the Ahmadiyah Vocational Training Center at Agbogba and the Vocational Training School at Danfa.
From the foregoing, development issues in the sector that needs to be addressed include:
- Rehabilitation of schools
- Enrolment drive
- Provision of additional education infrastructure
- Provision of school furniture
- Provision of teachers Quarters in the rural areas
- Provision of early childhood development centers among others
- Motivate teachers to perform better
- Provide sanitation facilities
- Provide libraries and computer resource centers
- Reclaim school lands that has been encroached
- Upgrade infrastructure at the Women’ Vocational Institute at Danfa
- Provide scholarship for brilliant but needy girls and boys to access vocational training
Refer to the pdf file for tables below.