The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for KOANS Building Solutions, Professor Kofi Anokye is alleging that, government is waiting for someone to send it to court over the ‘’discriminatory’’ implementation of the free senior high school so they will lay the blame on that individual.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that government would loose when dragged before a court over the implementation.
Professor Anokye has threatened to go to court and get the boarding aspect of the policy scrapped because it is discriminatory.
Professor Kofi Anokye had said government is violating Article 25 of the constitution which requires that all persons shall have equal access to education opportunities and facilities.
The CEO of KOANS Estate said the provision of free boarding facilities for some students is discriminatory against day students and defeats the purpose of providing free education to all Ghanaian students.
But the Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh at the ‘Meet the Press Series’ on Tuesday said, the threat will not stop the implementation and any citizen is at liberty to go to court.
‘’…a citizen of Ghana going to court is his right; a government of Ghana introducing a policy and going ahead [with implementation] is government’s right. If the court says don’t, we will oblige or we will go for an appeal…But I am surprised the citizen has been in this country and government has provided feeding grant since Ghana became Ghana. I don’t know where that person was.’’
Responding to what the minister said, the businessman said government ‘’is ever ready to go to court so they will loose. They will loose in court. That is their strategy and when they loose, they will blame me for initiating the case. It is a strategy for them. When you sue them in court, they would be more prepared to loose. Then government will blame you.’’
He said at a point, we wanted to go to court but we are hesitating because it is their strategy. They are facing serious challenges and so they want someone to blame for it.’’
The real estate developer indicated that Ghanaians would not forgive the NPP should the education policy of free SHS fail.
Sustainability and other things are very important hence the need for government to heed to our advice, he said.
‘’We want to them to succeed and after your term we will evaluate you with what we call, the balance scorecard. On the scorecard, your performance would be accessed and that is how this government will be graded. The nation’s resources have been entrusted in their hands and Ghanaians will score them after their tenure,’’ he posited.
The introduction of the semester system comes as government's policy of free SHS encounters fresh and serious challenges. The move to make education free at the second cycle stage in order to deepen access has led to severe congestion in classrooms and pressure on already inadequate infrastructure.
To address the challenge, government has introduced the new system which is expected to run temporarily (seven years).
Only 400 of the estimated 670 Senior High Schools would run the double track system.
The minister explained that the schools that have been oversubscribed by students would be the ones to run the system since the students are more than the available infrastructure.