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The school-going age in Ghana is from 3-21 years old. The educational structure of Ghana comprises:

  • Pre-school (ages 3-5);
  • Basic/Primary school (equivalent to elementary school) (ages 6-11);
  • Junior high school (equivalent to middle school) (ages 12-14);
  • Senior high school (equivalent to high school) (ages 15-17);
  • Tertiary education/Institution equivalent to college/university (ages 18-21).


In Ghana, the tertiary educational institutions comprise the polytechnics and universities, colleges of education institutions and nursing training colleges.

The Ministry of Education has oversight responsibility over educational issues in the country. The Ministry oversees various councils and bodies that are responsible for co-ordinating and implementing national policies on education. These bodies include:

Ghana Education Service:

It is responsible for pre-tertiary education.

National Council for Tertiary Education:

This is the Council that oversees the administration of tertiary institutions of education in Ghana. It serves as the supervisory and regulatory body that advises government through the Minister of Education on policies relating to tertiary education.

National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations: 

It has oversight responsibility over professional and technical institutions that are not universities.