- A media report has claimed that the presidency is disturbed over Ken Ofori Attah's argument to wean the rich from the free SHS policy
- The report claims the presidency is prepared to stop the minister from talking to the media about the free SHS policy
- The government has so far introduced a double-track shift system for the free SHS policy
It has emerged that the finance minister, Ken Ofori Atta, exposed government over the free SHS policy.
This is coming from reports by todaygh.com which claim that sections in government including the president are not only worried but also wary about silencing the 'technocrat' from media interviews in the future.
It all happened when the finance minister argued that the purpose for the free SHS policy could not be achieved if the government goes on funding all students including the rich and wealthy who are able to pay for their fees and even that of others.
In an interview with Citi TV, Ken Ofori Atta argued that a fresh assessment of the policy will wean the rich and wealthy off the policy.
Just moments after Ken Ofori Attah's assertion, the government seems to have been convulsed to implement a dual tracking system at the SHS level due to the huge challenges in financing its flagship programme.
According to the report by TodayGh.com, the finance minister struck the nerves of some echelons of the NPP especially when he failed to consult the leadership of the party before making his argument on the Free SHS.
“His suggestion is a clear admission of a policy failure, and that is not good for the image of the government,” a said member of the economic team is alleged to have stated.
The online portal further claims that a presidential staffer had warned that allowing Ken Ofori Atta to go on this tangent could affect the prospects of the party.
“Ken is not a politician, he is a technocrat, and his behavior is like Terkper. If we continue to allow him to talk to the media on issues about how our programmes are funded, he will expose us,” a presidential staffer is also claimed to have reported.
Here are other excerpts from the online newspaper:
President Akufo-Adoo although was also not equally happy with his cousin’s comment, he called for cool heads to prevail as the party tries to do damage control of the statement.
How SHS double tracking system works:
What this means is that while one shift is on vacation, the other will be in school. In Ghana, the school calendar starts from September and ends in April with three different terms.
The first term is from September to December, the second term starts in January and ends in April while the third term is from April/May to July.
Also, every semester will be 80 days for the two tracks. For one semester, every track will be in school for 40 days then go for a break for 40 days. Teacher motivation has been increased from 20 hours for the year to 70 hours for the year.
To support this new project, the government will now be employing about 8000 new teachers to complement this new shift system.
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