Ethiopia Plans To Open Access To Education For All School Age Children By 2015

Ethiopia Plans To Open Access To Education For All School Age Children By 2015   

Addis Ababa, 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 2015. 

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. 

Preparations were 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.