Tanzania’s former president Jakaya Kikwete says poor education policies in developing countries in Africa are contributing to poor education status in the continent.
Kikwete, who is Commissioner for Global Education, said the remarks at the Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when he presented a report on the commission to President Peter Mutharika.
Kikwete said the current education standards in low and medium countries were at the level of all developed countries were 70 years ago.
“There are number of reasons that are making developing countries to lag behind and the commission has found out that Africa is home to 38 poorest countries of the world’s 48.” Said Kikwete.
“Our policies, management and resource allocation also contribute to poor education standards,” Kikwete said.
Kikwete stressed that there is need to invest in education so that by 2040, low and medium countries would catch up with developed countries.
According to Kikwete, if the situation would be left unchecked, some countries would take 90 to 120 years to attain proper education standards.
“The commission has set five learners’ generation vision priorities to reach its goals by 2040, by allowing all children to have access to quality early childhood development, universal primary and secondary school education.” Said ex- Tanzanian president.
He said during 10 years of their learning, children should have functional literacy. They should be able to read, write and have arithmetic with proper transition from secondary school to tertiary level among other things.
Later Kikwete commended Malawi that it is doing better in resource allocation to education as government provides 17 per cent of its budget, compared to other developing countries that only provide 10 per cent.
Speaking at the same function President Mutharika said that as one of the pioneer countries, Malawi would do all it could to make sure that it succeeded.
According to Mutharika Malawi relied on education so there is a need to improve policies and education standards.
The Commission for Global Education was instituted by five global leaders including Mutharika, the Prime Minister of Norway and President of Indonesia.
Malawi is also among the 14 pioneer countries of the Commission for Global Education.