The Ministry has concluded nationwide consultations on the draft Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) 2021-2025 which saw stakeholders getting an opportunity to give their opinions and insights on the five strategic priority areas for the sector in the next five years.
The sequence of consultations which were led by the Minister, Hon. C. Mathema, occurred from July 12 to July 16 and saw school heads, teachers, learners, parents, teacher unions, sister ministries, education partners, civil society organisations and traditional leaders among others taking turns to give their input on the strategic priority areas for possible inclusion in the final document. The meetings were held virtually and written feedback was enhanced through an electronic questionnaire.
The general focus of the stakeholders’ response to the draft document centred primarily on the proposed five Strategic Priorities of the ESSP 2021-2025 which are:
- Improved Schools’ Infrastructure to contribute to Improved Access to Quality, Equitable and Inclusive education.
- Enhanced Curriculum and Assessment to Contribute to Improved Access to Quality, Equitable and Inclusive Education.
- Adequate Safeguarding and Learners’ Support to Contribute to Improved Access to Quality, Equitable and Inclusive Education.
- Enhanced Teachers’ Capacity to Contribute to Improved Access to Quality, Equitable and Inclusive Education.
- Enhanced Capacity of the Ministry’s Leadership for Governance and Planning in Implementing ESSP’s Core Programmes to Contribute to Improved Access to Quality, Equitable and Inclusive Education.
In his keynote address during the meetings, Hon. Mathema said the three rounds of consultations covering the country’s ten provinces would help refine the draft document which is critical in guiding personnel in the education sector to promote and administer an effective and efficient education system in line with the national vision of transforming the economy into an upper middle income one by 2030.
“In line with the national vision, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education seeks to become the leading provider of 21st century inclusive quality education for socio-economic transformation by 2030. This ministerial vision can only be achieved when sustainable educational strategic plans are in place to guide the entire education system,” said Hon. Mathema.
He said participants’ invaluable contributions would be factored into the final document before its adoption by the government.
The ESSP 2021–2025, which is a successor to the one which ran from 2016-2020, was developed by the Ministry’s Core Technical Team (CTT) in collaboration with a consultant, CADENA International Development Projects after making a thorough analysis of a plethora of documents pertaining to the Education Sector in 2020 and consulting numerous stakeholders in the Education Sector. The 2020 Education Sector Analysis (ESA) helped identify the critical areas in the education system that needed to be addressed by the 2021-2025 ESSP to enable the Ministry to achieve its strategic goals.