How barriers to equity in education can be removed

A classroom depicting the sorry state of some of the schools in remote regions of the country. Closing such gaps is the first step in achieving equity in education.

In the education sector, one glaring issue persists: the achievement gap. This gap represents the disparity in academic performance between different groups of students. Despite efforts to create equal opportunities for all, socioe-conomic status, race, ethnicity and other factors continue to significantly impact educational outcomes.

At its core, the achievement gap reflects systemic inequalities that permeate our education system. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds often face barriers such as limited access to quality resources, experienced teachers and supportive learning environments. These barriers hinder their ability to excel academically, perpetuating a cycle of inequality.

Addressing the achievement gap requires a multifaceted approach that tackles its root causes. One crucial step is equitable funding distribution. Schools serving disadvantaged communities often receive less funding than their affluent counterparts, exacerbating resource disparities. By reallocating resources and investing in schools in underserved areas, we can create a more level playing field for all students.

Additionally, recruiting and retaining diverse teachers can help bridge the gap. Research shows that students benefit from having educators who share their backgrounds and understand their experiences. By increasing diversity among teachers and providing culturally responsive training, schools can better support students from diverse backgrounds and foster a more inclusive learning environment.

Moreover, implementing early intervention programmes can help address academic gaps before they widen. Programmes such as pre-kindergarten initiatives and targeted interventions for struggling students can provide crucial support during formative years, setting students on a path to academic success.

Beyond these systemic changes, fostering a culture of high expectations for all students is essential. When students believe in their own potential and are supported by educators who hold them in high esteem, they are more likely to succeed academically. By nurturing a growth mindset and providing personalized support, schools can empower students to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential.

By working together to dismantle barriers to success, we can create a more equitable education system where all students have the opportunity to thrive.


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By Grace Birya

The writer is a student at Rongo University.

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