Overall the DFID support plan has provided a significant contribution to progress on Ghana’s Education Sector Plan. Output results have been mixed, and specific targets in a number of cases narrowly missed. In summary the headlines are:
- Gross and Net enrolments have increased, though with the exception of Kindergarten not as much as was expected.
- Similarly Gender Parity has improved generally, as well as in deprived districts, though marginally below expectation.
- Overall the quality of education has improved, the number of new classrooms and trained teachers have increased, though textbook provision has reduced. Learning achievement has improved.
- Central and district planning, budgeting and reporting have improved in line with expectation, though commitment to the necessary systemic reforms is weak and progress slow.
Recommendations for Ghana include:
- Bring in a stronger culture of enquiry and focus on results in schools and districts.
- Strengthen leadership to relentlessly examine whether actions make a difference.
- Increase accountability down through the system, particularly of schools to their communities.
- Strengthen the relationship between General and Sector Budget Support.
- Place more attention on developing a results culture that routinely questions the impact of activities.
- Introduce an annual measure of learning achievement at primary level.
Health and Education Advice and Resource Team. Assignment Report: Ghana: Support to the Education Strategic Plan. Project Completion Review. HEART, UK (2013) 44 pp.