Why Study in Ghana
This page helps you to make the decision of choosing a school at all levels in Ghana. Ghana has opened its gate to international students to study freely in its schools. Today, you also have the opportunity to be part of a number of countless foreign students studying in Ghana. Ghana, with its peaceful atmosphere makes it a unique country to study in.
Ghana prides itself with the standard of education it offers. Since 1927 when the first tertiary institution was established in the country, standards have been the key to the continual growth of the education in Ghana. University certificates from Ghana are accepted worldwide and Ghanaian universities have contributed to the growth of the industries in most parts of Africa.
With the National Accreditation Board, National Council On Tertiary Education and the Ministry Of Education all firmly in charge ,checking curricular infrastructure and facilities, the system has grown into foolproof ,allowing quality education and cutting edge standards to be the order of the day.
As a student in Ghana, you will enjoy peaceful environment, friendly people, sites and locations and the night life it brings.
Ghanaian Educational System – Higher Education
Ghana operates on a 6-3-3-4 system: Primary School — 6 years
Junior High School — 3 years
Senior High School — 3 years
University Bachelor degree — 4 years
Language: The sole official language of instruction throughout the Ghanaian educational system is English. Students may study in any of eleven local languages for much of the first three years, after which English becomes the medium. Students continue to study a local language and French as classroom subjects through at least the ninth grade. All textbooks and materials are otherwise in English.
Junior High School (JHS): At the JHS, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Integrated Science including Agricultural Science, a Ghanaian language, Technical, Vocational, Information and Communication
Senior High School (SHS): Yearly, over 280,000 Ghanaian students graduate from the Junior High School and receive the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). Admissions to Senior High School are highly competitive.
Tertiary school: Ghanaian tertiary institutions enroll over 150,000 students into diploma, post-diploma, undergraduate, and post-graduate programmes/courses in a full range of academic and professional fields.
Listed below is a classification of tertiary institutions in Ghana;
University: An educational institution designed for advanced instruction and research in several branches of learning, conferring degrees in various faculties, and often embodying colleges, schools and similar institutions.
University College: An institution of higher learning that is affiliated to a university and that offers instructions based on programmes approved by the university to which it is affiliated and whose degrees/diplomas/certificates are awarded by the parent university.
Polytechnics: An institution of higher or further education in which courses in a large range of subjects, especially, of a technical or vocational kind are available.
College: An establishment for further or higher education in the liberal arts (Pure Science/Humanities) or professional studies, sometimes, part of a university, e.g. Business College; College of Music; Naval College.
School: An educational institution devoted to a special branch of higher education, e.g. School of Education, School of Economics, School of Medicine, School of Law.
Institute: An establishment offering advanced courses in the professions, or the arts, or science and technology.
Academy: A place of study or training in a special field, e.g. Military Academy, Academy of Dance, Maritime Academy.
Tutorial College: An institution which prepares students to take the examinations of a university or a recognized professional body.
Schools Directory and Useful Links
1. International Schools in Ghana- http://www.isvillage.com/schools/africa/ghana/
2. Tertiary Institutions in Ghana (Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges)-http://nab.gov.gh/web3/
2. Comprehensive directory of schools at all levels- http://www.ghanaeducationaldirectory.com/
3. List of High Schools in Ghana-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_Ghana