By Azania post reporter
Ghana has continued to register tremendous achievements, thanks to free education system that has helped to achieve universal enrollment.
A 2010 UNESCO report says literacy rate in Ghana among the youths aged between 15-24 years was at 85.72 per cent compared to 34.89 per cent, the ages of above 65 years.
However, despite free education measures, many children, particularly those living in rural areas still struggle to stay in school.
The report says the economic necessity forces children to drop out of school in search of work and girls are often charged with looking after younger siblings and helping with domestic work.
Jo Hallett who works with Ghana School Aid, Let's Read Ghana and other NGO’s says a number of organisations were attempting to address the challenges at community level.
“We want to ensure that every child have access to education,” Jo Hallett said adding that they are currently providing grants to schools in rural communities and support the teaching of English especially in the northern part of the country.
The Director of the Grassroots Transparency Initiative at Wills Way Africa, Johnson Ayonka, an NGO that supports low-income communities in health, education and economic empowerment told Al Jazeera that free education has resulted into rising literacy rate.
Since gaining independence in 1957, Ghana has focused on improving access to education and achieving universal enrolment.
Primary education became free in 1961 and the 1980’s saw major reforms sweeping through the education sector by restructuring primary and secondary education and introducing vocational classes.
In September last year, the government made secondary education free, with President Nana Akufo-Addo touting for free admission and removing library fees, science centre fees, computer laboratory fees, examination fees, and utility fees.
“There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals,” the president said.