Educational Structure Riddled with Problems to be Changed: PM

Addis Ababa Ethiopia is at a decisive juncture to bring structural changes in education to enable the country resolving multiple shortfalls in the sector, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said.

According to the Premier, the education policy that the country has tried to implement is riddled with visible crisis.

Speaking on the first round nationwide meeting on National Consultation of Educational Development Roadmap, Abiy said the education policy that was implemented over the past two decades, its achievements envisaged were not in line with the planned level.

Though the country endowed with abundant natural resources including water and arable land, it has failed to produce skilled manpower that could develop these resources, he noted.

He further added that the education policy has also brought challenges in the areas of construction, justice, finance and leadership that the workforces lack moral values and unable to implement social contract they receive from the public.

As a result, it is imperative to figure out the hurdles in the policy structure that hindered the nation to produce and mobilize productive and efficient citizens, the Prime Minister said.

Abiy noted that Ethiopia's education policy doesn't have a room for indigenous knowledge but renders higher attention to Western education system.

He added that the policy stresses on quantity by ignoring quality, which has practically resulted in the deployment of incompetent manpower in every sector.

Therefore, it has become necessary to devise a well structured training and education system tailored to the needs of the country.

Ethiopia has huge number of student population administrated under the Ministry of Education, which demands appropriate organizational structural reform in the shortest possible time.

In this regard, the government of Ethiopia is committed to offer the necessary assistance and bring a fresh educational leadership to attain the desired result in the sector, the Premier pledged.

Education Minister, Dr. Tilaye Gete said on his part the Ministry has prepared a new educational roadmap to reform the sector in accordance with national vision and development goals.

He pointed out that the great share of Ethiopia's economic production will come from manufacturing industry by providing middle and high level skilled manpower to be supplied by the educational system.

Since Ethiopia targets to become a middle income country, the road map would enable to supply a highly skilled trainees to the economy, he indicated.

On the occasion, President of the Addis Ababa University, Professor Tasew Woldehana presented a working paper that assesses the way how to improve the educational system of the country.

On his paper, Professor Tasew proposed the formation of three ministries that would replace the current Ministry of Education.

According to him, the ministry should be set up as the Ministry of Higher Education and Training, Ministry of General Education and Training and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency