CEDAW's concluding observations warn against privatisation of education in Ghana

published 13 December 2014 updated 13 December 2014

In its concluding observations, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed its concerns "about the trend towards privatisation of education and the priority given to schooling of boys over girls" in Ghana. The Committee recommended that Ghana "intensify efforts to reduce disparities in access to education and in terms of quality of education between urban and rural areas as well as public and private schools".

These recommendations follow a recent report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which formally asked the Ghanaian Government to explain itself on the growing privatisation in education and the effect it has on the realisation of the right to education for all in the country.

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