The Role of Remedial Schools in the Development of Education in Ghana

Oduro-Ofori Eric, Charles Peprah, Priscilla Cann


The primary objective of the study was to find out the contributions of remedial schools to development in the country. To achieve this, the study adopted the exploratory research design. It applied both quantitative and qualitative research techniques.  Data was collected from both primary and secondary sources and critically analyzed for result. A total of 120 remedial school students were interviewed during the study. Also, data was collected from teachers, schools headmasters and the education directorate of the metropolitan local government office. The interview guide and questionnaire were the tools applied in soliciting data from the respondents. Findings were that remedial schools aside preparing students adequately to pass their external examinations, contributed massively to development in diverse ways. For instance, these schools provide employment; provide a platform to upgrade the skills of workers and also to upgrade the moral standards of society.  Interestingly, aside poor performing secondary school graduates who enroll in these schools; workers, school dropouts as well as continuing secondary school students are among the population that make up the remedial schools.  Challenged by the fact that they are not being recognized and thus not supported by the government, remedial schools tend to face problems with funding. Support from the government is needed by these schools, considering their numerous contributions to the country, to upgrade their existing capacities to do even better than now.

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