Imagine joining an online class and there's your lecturer saying : “this is this and that is that”. Sounds absurd right? Hold your laughter because it really happened.
The African educational system is riddled with some problems but one that never seems to get sufficient attention is the high number of unqualified and poorly trained teachers.
According to UNESCO UIS, in 2016, primary school pupils in Africa had less access to qualified teachers than the rest of the world. While the ratio of pupils to qualified teachers in other parts of the world was 26.7, Sub-Saharan Africa recorded a ratio of 57.7, this means that pupils in Sub-Saharan Africa outnumbered qualified teachers.
On a larger scale, this also implies that teachers are in need of education too. The easiest way to accomplish that would be to have edtech startups that are dedicated to the re-education of teachers. This might entail training them on modern teaching methods and ways they can pass information across to students effectively.
According to TechCabal’s Edtech in Africa report, the rate of school enrollment has improved over the years yet students are not learning. It says that 9 out of 10 students aged 6-14 are not learning a minimum in reading. This means that while students are going into classrooms, they are not learning. Well-trained teachers, among other factors, are crucial in ensuring that students are learning.
If the welfare of teachers doesn’t get adequate attention, Africa could keep on producing students who are literate yet uneducated.
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