President Nana Akufo-Addo has come under fire from former president John Dramani Mahama for his administration’s persistent refusal to review free senior high school policy.
Mr. Mahama claims that the politicization of education by the government and the sacrifice of quality for quantity have led to the underfeeding of boarding students.
If his administration had invited private institutions to examine the free senior high school program, he claimed, President Akufo-Addo could have spared parents from suffering from psychological distress.
Former President John Mahama urged the government to take into consideration holding a national stakeholders’ conference to review the implementation of free senior high school while addressing attendees at the 8th Biennial Delegate Conference of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS) in Koforidua.
“The time is now for us to rise to the occasion and collectively agree as actors in the political and developmental space on the need to depoliticise issues of urgent priority such as education delivery in our country.”
“What is the use of education if it does not have the quality to give the learner a chance and opportunity in life,” the former President quizzed.
The government should treat pupils in both private and public schools equally, Mr. Mahama urged, adding that a future NDC administration will place a priority on laying a solid foundation in early education.
“If you don’t get it right at the primary and basic level, whatever you do at the secondary level is a wasted effort. You need to build a strong foundation at the basic level.”