The Ministry of Education is to take a decision on whether or not the current three-year senior high school education duration should be reverted to four years or maintained.
The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has been tasked by the government in this regard to conduct a three-year analysis of the results of senior high schools (SHS) throughout the country.
Moses Anim, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Trobu in the Greater Accra Region, revealed when the Committee on Government Assurance in Parliament (CGAP) visited the Students’ Parliament of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) at Cape Coast last Thursday.
The CGAP, the first of its kind is mandated to inspect projects promised by the government and report their findings to Parliament, was in the Central Region to inspect work on the Cape Coast Stadium and Kotokuraba Market.
The students’ parliament is a mock one which has a speaker, majority and minority and is designed to train students on how to articulate national issues.
Anim said that the actual contact hours of students in SHS was two years one month, but not three years and therefore felt due diligence was not done before the four years was reverted to its present three years.
“It is all about contact hours. When we take examination weeks, delays for BECE results, holidays and other extra-curricular calender out, the real contact hours is two years, one month,” he said. He regretted that the present policy had put what he described as slow learners at a disadvantage and rather the universities should do three years and not the SHS.
The Chairman of the committee, Emmanuel Kofi Bedzra, said the 25-member committee was established in accordance with order 174/2 to follow the promises made by government officials and submit its report to Parliament for action.
According to him, the CGAP mounted platforms where people were allowed to make their submissions and report on issues bothering them. So far, the committee had visited six regions and has invited four ministers who have appeared before it to answer questions.
MPs in the UCC House asked a variety of questions such as the payment of utility bills by students, the current erratic power situation, ‘dumsor’, which they said was affecting academic work and the university teachers’ threat to embark on strike.