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After Ghana had attained its independence in 1957, Nkrumah’s greatest domestic challenge became the transformation of the Ghanaian educational system as a tool towards modernizing the newly independent country. Having spent many years under colonial rule, little attention had been paid to the Ghanaian education system resulting in only a five percent literacy rate in 1957 when Ghana attained its independence. Upon assuming power, Nkrumah developed a Five-Year Plan which sought to ensure self-sufficiency in Ghana through universal education, a tool of a modernized nation. To enhance the ambition of making Ghana self-sufficient, the education sector had a role to play despite the major challenges facing the education system of the new country. Ghana sought to revise its educational system to remove incorrect information guided by colonial policies as it sought to achieve modernization.
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