Africa Education Watch, an education policy research and advocacy organization, has appealed to the government to prioritize the distribution of educational materials to schools in rural areas.
According Divine Kpe, who is a Research Fellow with the organization, the Education Ministry, since 2017, has rather focused on Senior High Schools in the distribution of books.
In an interview with UniversNews, Divine Kpe argued that it was more necessary to focus on rural schools as it was difficult for parents and guardians there to procure academic materials due to the high level of poverty that exists in their communities.
“We know for a fact that the exercise books are needed by these students. Although the government is doing its best to make education free by taking out some of the direct costs, the indirect cost in terms of parents buying some academic materials for their children, those indirect costs, can still affect the education of the child especially in the rural areas. Some students come to school without exercise books, some even stay a whole term without exercise books. In rural areas, parents find it difficult to provide exercise books and sometimes pen or pencils it is just ideal that the government supports this rural communities with exercise books,” he appealed.
Divine Kpe added that it was necessary to start making such plans as basic school prepare to reopen in January 2021.
“The Covid-19 has brought so much hardship into the system that even when school reopens it will be difficult for students to have exercise books. The government will have to make provisions for them going forward so that when school resumes, academic work will start on a good note and lesson recovery will be faster,” he reiterated.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com