Akufo-Addo Wants To Control And Centralize Power

Since the birth of this administration, the citizenry have watched haplessly and disappointingly as president Akufo-Addo, has been dancing naked over what he should and should not control.

This unpleasant situation, has seen the president for the first time since Ghana returned to full blown democracy appointing Public Relation Officers (PROs) for agencies of state.

The latest attempt by president Akufo-Addo, to centralize power and control everything around him, has been extended to education.

First was the introduction of Free Senior High School (SHS) education. At the onset of the policy, the only dues headmasters and headmistresses, were allowed to collect, was the Parents Teachers Association dues. At the beginning of this academic year, there was a directive from the Ghana Education Service (GEC) that schools should stop collecting PTA dues.

A similar directive was given to basic schools, when the heads were told not to even collect printing fees for end of term exam. Last week pictures of teachers writing on blackboards were awashed on Social Media, a clear manifestation of what is happening with education in the country.

Akufo-Addo, is making another attempt to take control of tertiary education, by introducing Public Universities bill.

Some of the proposals in the Bill grant; a) the President power to dissolve the university Council; b) Allow the university Council to appoint a Chancellor and c) Allow unions to appoint only one representative on a rotational system to serve on the Council at each cycle.

The bill also states stated that if five council members out of the nine meet to discuss some issues, the decision arrived at can take effect.

This means that the five appointed by the president, can sit and decide to overthrow the VC and that can happen.

In the final analysis, can the government tell us that, the bill they are proposing will solve the myriad of problems confronting universities in the country?

We are at a loss as a newspaper, as to why this president and his government are hell-bent on changing everything they came to meet.

As at press time yesterday, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has announced the introduction of a new school uniform for Junior High School (JHS) students.

How can changing uniform be a priority y for any government?



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