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close this bookGhana: A Baseline Study of the Teacher Education System (CIE, 2000, 67 p.)
close this folderChapter 1: Basic Education in Ghana: An Overview
View the document1.1 Introduction
View the document1.2 National Indicators
View the document1.3 Recent History of the Basic Education System
View the document1.4 Structure and Characteristics of Basic Education
View the document1.5 Participation in Basic Education
View the document1.6 Pupil-Teacher Ratios
View the document1.7 The Quality of Basic Education
View the document1.8 Education Expenditure
View the document1.9 Teachers
View the document1.10 Conclusion

1.1 Introduction

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 education.