The Ministry of Education’s plan for the 2012-17 period includes three focus areas: teaching and learning excellence; professionalism and accountability; and efficiency and innovation, all bolstered by 14 strategic objectives and 18 key performance indicators. Complementing the transformation of its basic education system is an equally ambitious overhaul of tertiary institutions designed to combat unemployment across a broad range of sectors and skill sets. The sector benefits from substantial funding. In the 2014/15 budget, for example, the Ministry of Education received the second-largest allocation of any state entity at $604.5m or 13% of the total.
This chapter contains an interview with Pehin Dato Abu Bakar Apong, Minister of Education.