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Title:Secondary Education: A 'Tool' for National Development in Ghana. A Critical Appraisal of the Post-Colonial Context
Author:Quist, Hubert O.
Year:2003
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Volume:28
Issue:3-4
Pages:186-210
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:development
secondary education
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
education
Economic and social development
decolonization
Abstract:The present article appraises the role of secondary education as a 'tool' for national development in postcolonial Ghana. In so doing, it analyses the problems of secondary education provision focusing on funding and reform. The author argues that - notwithstanding the World Bank's present support for universal primary education throughout Africa, a project commenced in Ghana as early as 1951, which represents a major shift from the Bank's previous endorsement (1960s) of university education as the panacea to Africa's development challenges - secondary education remains vital to Ghana's development aspirations. As the most accessible form of higher education in Ghana today, increased attention to, and expansion of secondary education has a greater potential than primary education of sustaining literacy levels attained, raising political awareness and thus advancing democracy, as well as supplying sufficient middle-level manpower crucial to national development. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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