Students reading in a classroom in Accra, Ghana Photo Credit - David Dorey/Getty Images

The Ministry of Education has disputed the global school by the OECD which placed Ghana at the least position among the 76 countries that made the cut.

Ghana is ranked the last of 76 countries in a survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the global ranking on Mathematics and Science education.

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Photo Credit – David Dorey

The survey, which compiled the list, says the comparisons – based on test scores in 76 countries – show the link between education and economic growth.

The ministry, in a statement, said:

“As we wait for the full report to be formally presented at the World Education Forum in South Korea next week to which our Minister of Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, has been invited, it is important to be circumspect at this stage and to acknowledge that we do not at this point have details on the methodology and the period covered in this first-ever OECD report on school rankings.

“It will be interesting to explore how these five African countries, thus Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Morocco and Tunisia, made it to these rankings. Are we perhaps being told that these are the best performing nations in Africa? What other interpretations exist to justify the inclusion or selection of these African nations and indeed of the entire 76-nation sample frame?”

The OECD’s Education Director, Andreas Schleicher, however, says:

“The idea is to give more countries, rich and poor, access to comparing themselves against the world’s education leaders, to discover their relative strengths and weaknesses, and to see what the long-term economic gains from improved quality in schooling could be for them,” he explained.