Analysis and Presentation of Results

  • Maxwell A. Aziabah
Part of the Critical Studies of Education book series (CSOE, volume 7)


To account for structural durability in Ghana’s secondary school system, one requires a causal narrative that is context sensitive, analytically driven and logically coherent. Achieving such a goal requires empirical data that lends grist to causal narratives. A Qualitative Content Analysis (QCA) allows for treatment of empirical data through systematic data reduction. By applying a path dependence approach, I established the legislative change that lowered the voting age in 1951 as the critical juncture that paved way for pro-independence nationalist parties to re-define the destiny of the country in the absence of the colonial power. Path stabilization occurred through the activation of mechanisms of institutional reproduction. The results show that academic/general type education was spurred by nationalist demands and its eventual designation as the superior channel of education that secures life’s chances. However, the structure of the labour market and interest groups have proved insufficient in destabilizing the existing institutional configuration that privileges academic schooling over TVET. To remedy the situation would require, among others, a reversal of the current supply-driven skills training regime to reflect labour market demands, whilst at the same time shoring up TVET through funding, enhanced remuneration for graduates and rebranding of the subsector altogether.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxwell A. Aziabah
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  1. 1.Department of Community DevelopmentUniversity for Development StudiesTamaleGhana

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