Education In Ethiopia Essay

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Ethiopia is a developing country located in Eastern Africa. In 2014, Ethiopia was ranked fifth place for having the worst education system worldwide. With Ethiopia 's substantial population and high poverty rate, making education accessible to everyone has been an ongoing issue. Although today, education in Ethiopia has improved and become more accessible, some issues such as money, school locations, and an inadequate amount of qualified teachers due to overpopulated classrooms still persist. By improving education in Ethiopia, more students will be able to continue their education and dropout rates will decrease.

Ethiopia, education is split into primary and secondary education. Children generally begin school at the age of seven. Primary
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In some areas, specifically rural areas, schools are not located close by. Some students have to walk many miles just to get to school because transportation such as school buses, are not always available. Moreover, the amount of secondary schools are less common than primary schools. This is mainly because dropout rates increase as students move on from primary to secondary education (Tassew Woldehanna, et al.). Due to poverty rates and the need to work, as soon as children are old enough, a lot of parents enter them into the workforce instead of encouraging them to continue their schooling. Since there are a lot less students who continue to secondary education, there is a lot less secondary schools built. This creates physical barriers in which students are more inclined to not go to school because of the long travel. Even for the students that do travel or happen to be lucky enough to live next to a close enough school, the education they receive is not the best. This is partly because of the crowded classes and inadequate amount of qualified …show more content…
Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has a population of approximately 99.4 million people, and a population growth rate of 2.5% as reported in 2015. About 50% of the population is in youth age category. With such population, in some public schools, the amount of students easily outnumber the amount of teachers. An average class size can be up to one hundred students for each teacher (Chala, Tesfa). This makes it difficult for the teacher to assure that every student is learning the material. In the excerpt “The Banking Concept of Education,” written by Paulo Freire, he expresses the importance of communication between the teacher and student. He states that “[a]uthentic thinking, and thinking that is concerned about reality, does not take place in ivory tower isolation, but only in communication”(65). Freire conveys that education should “embody communication”(65). However, with the crowded classrooms, communication and the one-on-one conversation with each child is highly unlikely to happen. The need for more teachers also often causes the school to hire unqualified and inexperienced teachers to teach

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