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11 August 2017

Harmonization of edu. systems key to our dev’t – Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament

The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Hon. Moustapha Cisse Lo, is urging member countries in the sub-region to come together and harmonize all their educational systems and curricular in order to fast-track the integration process they are aspiring to achieve.

He is very confident that it is only through the harmonization of the educational systems and curricular that the citizenry could exploit all the resources in the sub-region to their advantage.

“It is only through the harmonization of the educational system and curricular and unity in the sub-region that the citizens could tap the benefits of their resources,” he noted.

He called for concerted efforts to facilitate exchange programs across the sub-region and mobility of teachers to increase employment.

Hon. Cisse Lo affirmed the commitment of the ECOWAS Parliament to supporting measures being put in place to achieve the harmonization of the educational systems and curricula in the sub-region.

He was speaking at the ongoing delocalized meeting of the Joint Committees on Education, Science and Technology/Communication and Information Technology in Accra.

The five-day event is on the theme: ‘The Status of Harmonization of Educational Systems and Curricula in West Africa: with Special Reference on Equivalence of Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other Qualifications’.

The Deputy Minority Leader, James Klutse Avedzi who addressed the meeting on behalf of the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, said harmonization of the educational systems and curricula is very relevant for the achievement of the objective of free movement of persons in the sub-region.

“Free movement of citizens within the sub-region requires that citizens are able to get jobs and employment in any country of the sub-region depending on one’s educational qualification, skills and job experience and competencies,” he noted.

However, he argued that due to variations in Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas, especially, between Anglophone and Francophone blocs in the sub-region, there have been challenges of acceptance or otherwise of these qualifications from persons who move from one country to the other in the sub-region in search of jobs.

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