Monday, November 3, 2008

Ghanaian government vs. private school

A few weeks ago, we were given the opportunity to visit classrooms for kindergarten and P1 in a government school and a private school. This contrasts with our school, which still collects school fees, but costs about half that of the private school. See if you can guess which one is the government school and which is the private school. (I'd show more pics, but I think these ones are all you need to answer the question)

The private schools have about six teachers for a class of 35 kindergarten kids. The government schools have 4 teachers for a class of 70 kids. In the government school, the children were always talking or being subject to caning by the teachers. In the private schools, students were well behaved, without the need for caning. There are many factors that affect the quality of education, including the education level of the parents. The parents who send their students to the free education of the government school do not attend PTA meetings, while parents of the private school are actively involved in school meetings.
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Irene said...

hm... is the top picture from the government school and the bottom a picture of a class from a private school? How much does it cost to go to a private school there?

Tim said...

Correct! The private school is something like 150$ to start, then $60/month. Our school is a little cheaper, and the gov't school is free. In our school, we have sent home about half the students because they are unable to afford our school fees.