Ethiopia Plans To Open Access To Education For All School Age Children By 2015
November 25, 2002 (WIC)- The
Ministry of Education says it is working hard to open access to universal
education for all school age children in Ethiopia by the year 2015.
Vice Minister of
Education, Dereje Terefe told local reporters today that the provision of
planned educational opportunity would be effected through out the country.
He said the
performance of his Ministry had demonstrated that it could ensure access to
universal education for school age children when as it has over the last ten
years managed to raise primary education coverage to 61 per cent from under 30
per cent in the preceding years.
He noted, the fact
that eight million children were attending primary level education currently is
also indicative of the country's capacity to achieve that target by the year
The Ministry in
cooperation with States' Education Bureaus was also offering various capacity
building training to teachers at different level in the effort deployed to ensure
the quality of education in the country, he said.
He noted that the
speedy expansion of education coverage will be undertaken with emphasis on
pursuing an education system which is result oriented.
Dereje also said the
Ministry has devised mechanisms that emphasise proficiency and communications
kills in its English language teaching programe.
He said to bring
about the desired level of English Language proficiency the Ministry has
launched training of trainers for teachers in collaboration with the British
Council and the Leeds University in UK.
He noted that 140,000
teachers will be trained over the coming three years to upgrade the use of
English as a language and medium of instruction.
also underway to train teachers at the highest level to consult the Ministry on
English Language teaching, as were preparations to launch the teaching of civic
education at all schools levels the next academic year.
The education of
civics at all levels of school systems, according to Dereje was aimed at
creating responsible citizens imbued with strong work ethics and respect for
the constitution of the country.