- John Mahama has called for a national consultation to build consensus on a sustainable framework for the implementation of government’s Free Senior High School policy
- According to Mr. Mahama, the mode of implementation for the Free SHS on an ad-hoc basis is improper
Former president John Dramani Mahama believes government’s introduction of the double track system for Senior High Schools “doesn’t help”.
According to him, it is unwise to implement the Free SHS policy at all cost when the problems of its implementation are obvious.
In a Twitter post, the ex-president urged government to engage in a broad consultation for a consensus to be arrived at in relation to the implementation of the Free SHS.
The double track system of education divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks. So while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.
However, since government announced its plans to introduce the new module, there have been divided opinions among the public.
Mahama believes wider consultations should be made with stakeholders regarding the implementation of the policy.
“Introducing shift system for SHS? It doesn’t help to continue to implement this all important free SHS programme on an ad hoc basis. It’s not too late to hold a comprehensive national consultation to forge a consensus on a sustainable framework for its implementation. #Ghana,” Mahama wrote.
The government argues that, there isn’t enough time to build enough facilities to accommodate the huge number of students that are expected to enroll on the Free SHS.
The decision to opt for the double track system has been praised by Dean of Arts and Sciences at Ashesi University, Prof Stephen Adei, who described the idea as “very clever”.
Meanwhile, policy think tank IMANI Africa has kicked against the policy, suggesting government should rather make good use of the many private schools in the country.
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