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Africa was labeled an illiterate continent for a very long time, but that narrative has changed considerably as more children enroll in school. With more African governments investing in school infrastructure and teacher training, that literary gap keeps reducing by the day.

Though there is still room for more enrolment and progress the fact remains that more children are going to school, adolescents are staying in school and girls are increasingly enjoying the same educational opportunities as boys. These are milestones that are now greatly recognized in the continent.

With increased enrolment in school, a new problem has emerged, that of quality of education. Countries like Kenya have experienced a surge in the number of students joining public school that offer free primary education and free secondary day school education. This has seen classrooms accommodate up to 80 students in a single classroom. This is not only a challenge for teachers but also for the students. As the size of the classroom becomes bigger, a decline in the quality of education and the well-known benefits of education become a glaring problem.

The more students enroll, the more they are being squeezed into existing schools rather than new schools being built. When more children are in a single classroom, already scarce educational resources are spread thin and learning may suffer. Teacher shortages in most public schools has now become common and the issue of inadequate writing materials like exercise books, textbooks, pens, and pencils is now becoming common.

Benefits of quality education

Quality education means acquiring knowledge through various learning, teaching, and studying processes. The quality of education is the right impact in which the knowledge one has acquired is put to use accurately. It is also of great importance for a student to be taught effectively and efficiently for them to retain what they have studied so far.

As deliberate effort is made and more African children are exposed to quality education, the academic performance of the learners will greatly improve. The issue of learners struggling to read and write basic sentences will become a thing of the past. This then gives these students a competitive advantage over their counterparts worldwide. The opportunities in life are basically the same and accessing good jobs or being able to set up competitive businesses depends a great deal on the thinking process of a person shaped by the kind of education they accessed in school.

The potential to learn and study will increase when a student is exposed to quality education. It is a known fact that sometimes one’s potential is not clearly seen in their formative years. This student, unless exposed to a thorough and proper education system may never realize his potential.

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