This chapter provides an overview of basic education in Ghana.
It describes the structure of basic education, trends in enrolment and
participation, patterns of expenditure across educational levels, and key policy
reforms. Issues concerning the quality of teaching and learning are discussed
highlighting the importance of teachers and teacher education. The background
information contained in this chapter informs the critical analysis of the
Ghanaian teacher education system in subsequent chapters, and, in particular, an
evaluation of its role in the development and improvement of basic