The cause of poor quality education in Ethiopia …

Ewunetu Yineger
August 31,2018


Since the introduction of modern education in Ethiopia, Ethiopians have recognized the need to improve the quality of education. However, Ethiopians are never so concerned about the poor quality of education in Ethiopia as today. The poor quality of education and the ripple effects are threatening risks for Ethiopia. The problem is systemic and is mainly caused deliberately. Addressing this issue should be one of the top priorities for Ethiopians and those international organizations that finance the education sector in Ethiopia. The essence of this analysis is to identify the cause of the poor quality of education.

Quality of education

One can not talk about the quality of education without taking into account the ultimate and legitimate stakeholders of education and the problem that the educational system has to solve it. The stakeholders are those for whom the education sector has been set up to serve. Quality of education refers to the degree of satisfaction of the stakeholders with the education provided. The quality of a product or service differs depending on the needs or requirements of the customer or stakeholders. Schools and colleges can be seen as service providers. The quality goal is about why we do what we have to do. That is why it is the added value as a result of learning that creates the satisfaction of the ultimate stakeholders or that meets their needs or expectations.

In principle, it is generally assumed that an educational system in each country is designed to serve the students, the parents of the students, the employers of the graduates of the school, the general public and ultimately the nation. The benefits of quality education also transcend national boundaries and help make our world a better and more peaceful place. The teachers, faculty members, administrators and staff also have a share in the quality of education, since they are the most important role players, to improve the quality of education. The ultimate goal is why we need education, or what changes we want to achieve through education. In Ethiopia, however, there is a deliberate mismatch between the needs of the stakeholders and what the government achieves through public education.

Quality of education to the EPRDF regime

In the Ethiopian context, most schools, colleges and universities are financed and managed by the government. The Revolutionary Democratic Front of Ethiopia (EPRDF) dictates how the school and university systems should be organized and managed.

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Editor's note : The writer published the article for the first time on his own blog somewhere in 2015. He wanted to share it again to take part in the conversation, as it is discussed again. He could be reached at: [email protected]

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