The minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, since his appointment has demonstrated both in deed and words that, he is not fit for the job.
His appointments clearly shows how flippant president Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party, attaches to education.
The minister always goes solo on matters of national importance that has far reaching consequences on not only students, but parents.
What research has been done to come to the conclusion that, keeping pupils in school longer, is the panacea to the falling standard of education?
In solving problems in this country, we always put the cart before the horse. How many times have we not heard the phrase ‘teachers reward is in heaven’, so we cannot be talking about extending the closing time for pupils, without talking about teacher motivation.
The intention could be good, but it must be thought through with all stakeholders involved, before implementation.
Teachers have been short changed over the years. A lot of reforms have been introduced in the educational sector, but none has placed the teacher in the centre of it.
Critical to achieving quality education is the satisfaction of the teacher, we cannot ask them to give off their best, when we don’t meet them at the point of their need.
Teachers and parents are committed to any process that will lead to the improvement of education in the country, it is in this context that we appeal to the Minister, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and other stakeholders that it is important to involve teachers and parents in whatever decision that will be arrived at.
Whatever conclusion or decision that is arrived at, the overriding priority should be that, pupils are not stretched beyond their limit.
It is for good reasons that, schools close at 2 PM. There is a limit to which pupils can imbibe in a day, we should not in our haste to improve education, cause more problems for the pupils than they can take.