Globally, education is famed as a vital basis for economic growth. Ethiopia, a country praised for robust economic growth to take itself out of poverty to become middle income status country, is also striving to invest on quality education. At all levels quality education results a more efficient skilled and productive working force which in turn brings up overall economic development enhancing living standards of people.
The working sector among others is also evaluated by the capacity of creating job opportunity and productivity of workers producing relevant outputs using their skill. Having a skilled working force is critical strategy to implement development ideas. Although Ethiopia realizes the potential of quality education to convert ideas into development, the country is facing great challenges to implemented quality education across the country. The students who went to the public schools and those in private perform different in both academic area and job sectors as well. The language of instruction; English pose a problem among the working force still so many are unable to effectively understand and communicate in English language despite being higher level institution graduates. These problems make the country to struggle with a working force not going with a similar pace the country development initiatives require. It also creates a challenge to foreign direct investment which needs to hire from the local job market.
Overall country level quality education is the foundation of economic growth. Developing countries such as Ethiopia should build a culture of world class education system not only empowering its working force to be competitive locally but also in Africa and the globe supporting their country development programs. Education should incorporate allowing students to develop creatively and passion instead of counting levels and receiving certificates. Developing marketable knowledge will make Ethiopia to attract investors from the world. To achieve this collaboration between the country and all the stakeholders goes a long way in enabling schools and universities to provide quality education.
Crafting new strategies and implementing improved education system will enable skilled working forces to adjust to an ever changing technology based and competitive job sector. This will enable the country to build academically competent society who will highlight the potential of the country not only in investment sector but also in terms of skilled labour allowing the country to promote a whole package. The time has come for Ethiopia to shift its gear on the quality of education to offer skilled working force for investors, particularly to those technology companies including Jumia Travel whose work requires knowledge on the latest technology programs.
Introducing job training opportunities for the workforce, particularly for those groups facing greater difficulties to catch up pace with the level of expected skills; provide a solution in upgrading the skill of the working class. This is important for their self-advancement which in return enhances their productivity. Education is an integral component to take the society out of poverty. It also creates a platform where society will share skills and ideas equipping the workforce with the skills required. With Ethiopia’s membership of regional trade agreements and the future potential of joining the world trade organizations (WTO), more opportunities and new innovative technologies will be introduced to the country. These will make new occupation to come to Ethiopia requiring world class skilled labour.
Quality education developments enhance the workforce’ capacities and broad opportunities at work, offering more scope for creativity and satisfaction at work. Experts say the prosperity of a country is directly related to the high number of people in employment and their productivity level because education, creativity, and economic growth are chain values for sustainable economic development. Although Ethiopia has seen unprecedented expansion of education coverage even to the rural areas, there exists a huge gap between the kind of knowledge and skills the job market demands and those that education and training systems continue to provide.