Education Roadmap finalizes in five years
The preparation of the Education Roadmap believed to bring sweeping andcomprehensive changesto the existing education policy Ethiopia will take at least five years to get finalized, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced this week.
TilayeGette (PhD),Minister of Education,while presentinghisministry’s six-month performance report before the House of Peoples’ Representatives (HPR) on Thursday, told MPs that the consultation process towards the preparation of the Education Roadmap of Ethiopia has been ongoing for the past monthswhere thousands of teachers have been trained on the realization of the roadmap at a national level.
“The preparation of this Education and Training Roadmap is scientifically conducted by considering issues raised by the public,which will be included in the revised policy,” the Minister said in his report adding;“Along with that, there is also capacity building training for all stakeholders and it takes at least five years to finalize the roadmap.”
Having heard the Minister’s report, MPs raised several questions in which they highlighted the lack of quality of education which has been a longstanding issue in Ethiopia.
MPs also underlined thefact that just certifying teachers at one time could not be enough to ensure the much needed quality of education; it is rather vital to closely collaborate with higher education institutions to offer continuous short term trainings that would help upgrade the capacity of teachers.In addition to public institutions, MPs also pointed to the quality issues in Private educational institutions.
The Minister, on his part, told MPs that the MoE has launched a capacity building program to upgrade the capacity of teachers, schooldirectors and supervisors,nationwide. He also mentioned several factors the Ministry has identified as challenges to ensure quality education.
He also indicated that one of the factors that have impacted thequality of education in Ethiopia, among others, is teachers’ lack of pedagogical background.
Responding to questions raised in relation to private institutions, Tilaye told the House that there are several private educational organizations which do not implement the national educational curriculum, designed to ensure the quality of education. In addition, several other schools are joining the sector without fulfilling the required standards and capacity that eventually contributes to poor quality services, he added.
As part of the remedy, he said that it is necessary to bring the collaboration of every stakeholder to ensure educationquality and harvest disciplined students from all schools. Regarding students’ discipline, the Minister has called on stakeholders to strengthen efforts to tackle the risingKhat and Shishaepidemic and business establishments who do business near schools and educational institutions.
Businesses which provideKhat and Shisha services have long been accused of luring students to dangerous drug addiction and bas habit.