Ghana: The Teacher Community Assistance Initiative

Author: 
Mona Niina Idrissu

School enrollment levels in many developing countries have improved in recent years however there has not been a similar rise in learning level. This case study analyzes a scheme piloted by the Government of Ghana through its educational arm, the Ghana Education Service, in partnership with the National Youth Employment Scheme. It mobilises unemployed high school graduates as teaching assistants to help improve teaching and learning in primary school especially in rural and deprived communities. The 2-year pilot project included four different components: (1) community assistants provide remedial instruction to low-performing children during or after school (2), community assistants share classes with normal teachers to reduce class sizes (3), teachers split classes by ability and provide targeted instruction for one hour each day (4). Principal teachers are trained to identify and provide targeted lessons to smaller groups of pupils based on ability levels. Despite some implementation challenges, such as reduced attendance by TCAs, results from evaluation conducted by Innovations for Povrty Action (IPA) revealed that the TCAI initiative was very effective and cost-effective in improving learning levels amongst primary school pupils.

Year of publication: 
2014
Collection: 
Afrik4R Africa for Results Initiative
Country: 
GHANA
Themes and sectors: 
Education and training
Case story length: 
8 pages

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