Ghana’s education quality ranked 125 of 183 countries in 2024 YDI

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Youth Development Index (YDI), a resource to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has ranked Ghana 125 out of 183 countries in the latest Global Youth Development Index released by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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Following Ghana’s position on the updated Global Youth Development Index, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland in an interview with Joy News said the development index should not be seen as competition.

“This is an opportunity for us to work together. If you look at the Sustainable Development Goals they are a challenge for every one of us.

This is not a competition between us…it is a competition between the threats that face us and what we have learnt in our Commonwealth if we coalesce around what works. If we share what does not work and collaborate then we can compete together…we are at our best if we collaborate,” she said.

But, the Ministry of Education (MoE) reacting to the ranking has condemned the media over its reports on the YDI saying Ghana’s education quality ranking by the Global Youth Development Index underscores a broader concern regarding the state of journalism, which often prioritizes sensationalism over substance.

A spokesman for the Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng in a post sighted by Thisterm.com said the media have crafted their headlines on the ranking with the motive of driving maximum engagement, perpetuating a narrative of failure without a thorough examination of the underlying data.

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“A closer look at the Global Youth Development Index (YDI) indicates that its assessment of education quality relies on specific indicators and time frames with this particular report spanning from 2010-2022.

Specifically, digital literacy among youth aged 15-29, a crucial variable, was last measured in 2013. This overlooks a decade of potential progress, including initiatives like smart schools and digital literacy programs.

Similarly, literacy rates, another key metric, were last updated in 2021. However, significant improvements have been recorded since then, such as the notable increase in literacy rates at basic schools from 2% in 2015 to 38% in 2022, as indicated by the outcome of the National Standardized Test.

Furthermore, the YDI’s measure of lower secondary school completion only extends to 2021, failing to capture recent developments such as the Free Senior High School (SHS) program, which has substantially increased enrollment and transition rates from lower secondary schools.

While acknowledging that there is room for improvement, it’s important to recognize the strides Ghana has made in education. We must approach such reports with a critical eye, ensuring that we do not overlook the significant gains our country has achieved. Let’s commit to thorough analysis and understanding of data to accurately assess our progress as a nation.”

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