The Pan African Students Union along with a coalition of local and international civil society organizations and development partners interested in education petitioned Parliament on the need to increase investment in education from public base to improve quality.
The petition submitted on November 17 to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Education is part of a broader advocacy for the Education Spike campaign to promote investment in basic public education to improve quality, so that commercialization continues to undermine access, equity and standards in pre-tertiary education.
In a statement released by the group comprising the Coalition Against the Privatization and Commercialization of Education (CAPCOE), OXFAM, the Ghana National Students Union (NUGS) and Africa Education Watch, they observed that an education of Basic quality is increasingly the prerogative of private schools, a situation which they say leads to “an inevitable demand for private education and low citizens’ demand for public education”.
This, according to the group, raises critical concerns for equity and access to quality education.
The group before converging on Parliament in Accra engaged in consultative meetings with the Ghana Police Service to obtain the necessary clearance, in accordance with relevant local laws, to embark on a peaceful sign-holding event in the entrance to Parliament.
Participants held up signs with the inscription “#DoNotCutOurFuture” as a call to the state to do more to ensure the future of all, especially the disadvantaged who benefit from quality education in the world. high price.
In parliament, the group was warmly welcomed by the select education committee headed by President Kwabena Amankwa Asiamah.
He commended the group for their efforts and assured them that education issues were of the utmost importance to the government.
For his part, Clement Apaak, deputy member of the committee, also assured the group of Parliament’s commitment to take into account the recommendations set out in the petition.
Speaking on behalf of the petitioners, National Union of Ghanaian Students (NUGS) President Nana Boakye Yiadom also expressed gratitude to Parliament and highlighted the essence of education as a social leveler and, hence the need to ensure that the poorest people are not left out of quality public education.
In a related development, the Pan African Students Union and other partners, including the World Student Forum comprising all continental student unions, also issued a statement on the occasion of International Student Day on November 17, reiterating the need to consolidate the gains made in education by increasing investment, strengthening access and ensuring quality. In all of this, the Pan African Students Union continues to prove itself as a leader in student rights and education policy in Africa.