Here is the first educational policy introduced by Dr Kwame Nkrumah in 1961

Dr.Kwame Nkrumah

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During the post-independent era, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah introduced the 1961 Act (Act 87) to realize free universal primary education. This legislation mandates compulsory and cost-free education for all.

 Before European colonization, education in Ghana was informal, relying on oral tradition and apprenticeships due to subsistence farming practices. Colonialism introduced formal education but primarily targeted elites.

 Mission schools expanded education along the coast during the 18th and 19th centuries. Independence in 1957 marked a shift towards prioritizing education, culminating in the 1961 Education Act for free primary education.

 However, rapid expansion strained resources and quality, leading to subsequent reforms in the 1970s and 1980s. The 1987 Education Act aimed at compulsory education, but challenges persisted. Recent efforts focus on vocational training, ICT integration, and early childhood education, yet ensuring equitable access and quality remains a persistent challenge.

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