Quality education is right not privilege

BY LEULSEGED WORKU

The quality of education decides the quality of life in a given country. The type of educational policy a country applies decides the future of citizens. There is an agreement among public policy scholars that the impact of policies that are applied in areas of education might not always bring an immediate result. However, its long term impact is sustainable and life changing.

Ethiopian educational policy had been criticized for decades. This is a result of various facts. Starting from the time the nation introduces modern education positive impacts have been registered throughout the country. No matter what the type of political system leaders follow, almost all of them (including the dictatorial regime) have given special emphasis to the sector. However, the past two or more decades have witnessed educational quality degradation all over the country.

Absence of quality education together with losing homegrown education policy has left the generation with confusion. It has created a generation with dual identity and shallow knowledge that benefits neither graduates nor the nation.

As it had been repeatedly criticized by some political analyst, TPLF led EPRDF system has done this deliberately either to build its image by producing millions of graduates with superficial knowledge or to cripple the future of the nation.

Education is one of the key malaises in Ethiopia’s education system. Fixing the educational system is the key towards sustaining other sectors.

As it was indicated by newly appointed Minister, Prof. Berehanu Nega, giving priority to quality education will ensure a generation that is guided by knowledge.

Indeed, quality education is all about quality of life in every direction. Those nations that gave priority to quality education have produced a competitive generation that cares about the socio-cultural and political economy of its nation. However, those nations that fail to invest in quality education have ended up with a failed generation that does not care about its culture or has no any sentiment to its country.

Broadening access to quality education is a key towards realizing the reformation of the nation. Whenever there is commitment from all circles in areas of quality education, the nation will realize its goals.

Identifying key problems related to quality education is one step towards realizing goals. In this regard, evaluating the weakness and strength of the previous educational system of the nation will lead to the right solution. Assigning the right human power to the right position leads the sector into the precise destination. What is more, consistency in homegrown education policy will further smoothen the ground for a better future in the sector.

Luckily, Ethiopia has never lacked the best policy. However, absence of proper resources is the main problem to realize policies. Educational system of the nation needs a fundamental change. As it was indicated by Professor Berhanu Nega, “We have to fundamentally change education in this country in a way to ensure quality and elevate it to a higher level in order to create a generation capable of supporting the knowledge based economy of the future,”

Professor Birhanu Nega, an opposition party leader who is now appointed as Minister of Education, stressed that political differences do not prevent competing parties from working for the good of the nation. With all differences working together for the good of the nation should be the paramount goal of every Ethiopian. “Even though we have political differences, it is a must to work together when it comes to issues relevant to the nation.”

Indeed, working for the good of motherland Ethiopia should be the priority goal of every Ethiopian. Working for the nation and talking are totally different issues. Within its 27 years of power, the TPLF junta has deliberately crippled Ethiopia`s education policy. The impact of a poor education system is witnessed almost in every sector. Uplifting the education sector from where it had been for more than two decades needs active engagement of every individual.

Every seed that seeded on fertile ground bears fruit. Likewise, investing the right resource on every student bears the fruit of a better future to the nation. This investment should not be only confined to the haves. It must include the have-nots.

Every academic institution-from nursery to University level- has a key role either to build or to cripple the nation. In this regard, working hands and gloves among different academic institutions and stakeholders will bring fundamental change.

The nation is now at its economic and political transitional period. Having competent students and institutions is not an option. The country needs diplomats that stand for the nation and fight peacefully in global arenas; Ethiopia needs engineers for the mega projects, and economists to bring sustainable economic growth in every direction. But, this could only happen if quality education is given priority and proper structure is applied.

Here, it is worth mentioning the contribution of AAU to quality education at national as well as international levels. As it was recently indicated by Addis Ababa University President, Prof. Tassew Woldehana, the university has become a source of influential international journals. The University is playing a key role in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and other scientific activities.

The Ethiopian Herald October 16/2021

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