Educational Stats



The Ghanaian government has embarked on several intervention programmes since the 1980s to address the problems of the education sector. These include the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme, the capitation grant and the school feeding programme among others. The overall goals of these programmes are to improve access and learning outcomes, as well as better education system management. Primary education is by law mandatory.

In spite of relative successes, Ghana still faces a number of challenges within the education sector. Thus, towards the end of the 20th century, government embarked on a review of the education sector as well as embarking on programmes and policies that would shape the education sector to meet the demands of the 21st Century.

The national average net enrolment figures for Ghanaian Primary Schools is very impressive for Sub-Saharan Africa at 77%. However, although this is impressive, there are huge disparities between areas, in 2007 WFP assisted schools facing net enrolment rates as low as 40.0 percent, 41.6 percent and 40.0 percent, respectively for the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions. Schools facing such low enrolment figures are those which the Ghana School Feeding Programme aims to assist.