Ethiopia's ministry of education is to introduce a new education curriculum for the current academic year. Costing the government approximately US$150 million, the curriculum is designed improve the quality of education in Ethiopia.
As part of the government's implementation of their five-year Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), the curriculum will be introduced to the 20 million students in the country's primary and secondary schools, which will receive newly-published books. The GTP is an undertaking by the ruling party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), to repeat the growth rate of the past five years in the economic, social development, health and every major sector.
The news comes after the government's recent decision to ban non-state universities from granting degrees in law and education, as well as forbidding distance learning.
Ethiopia's education sector became an issue during the elections in May this year, with the opposition criticising the government for failing to provide a higher level of education.