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Examining the roles of traditional leaders in promoting quality education in Ghana

Kwabena Boateng (Department of Sociology and Social Work, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Michelle Asomaniwaa Owusu (Department of Sociology and Social Work, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Anthony Baah (Department of Political Science, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 30 April 2024

Issue publication date: 3 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The government of Ghana since independence has undertaken steps to develop educational infrastructure setup. This notwithstanding, the educational sector is beset with challenges such as low-quality education and low enrolment rates in Senior High Schools (SHS) of children from large households, among others. Given the myriad of challenges bedevilling the education sector, there have been calls for collaboration among public leaders to promote education. The paper, therefore, examines traditional leaders' roles in promoting quality education in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

Through a desk review approach, the study examines the role of traditional leaders in promoting quality education in Ghana. This approach was adopted due to its flexible nature.

Findings

The study found that traditional leaders have provided educational materials and resources to deprived schools. They have established scholarship schemes for needy but brilliant students, promoted gender parity in education, constructed educational facilities and promoted a healthy teaching environment.

Practical implications

The paper provides stakeholders in Ghana’s educational sector with the opportunity to review educational policies and include traditional leaders to influence educational policies. The recommendations call for support from the GETFUND and Scholarship Secretariat of Ghana to assist community-initiated projects and scholarship schemes established by traditional leaders.

Originality/value

The paper provides evidence to support the importance of traditional leadership, which has come under criticism from a democratisation perspective in contemporary times.

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Citation

Boateng, K., Owusu, M.A. and Baah, A. (2024), "Examining the roles of traditional leaders in promoting quality education in Ghana", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 132-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-11-2023-0096

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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