Playing Politics With Education Will Do No One Any Good

One of the many areas that the country, has struggled to keep pace with leading countries in the world is in the area of education.

Over the years, we have tinkered with education with various nomenclatures, but the fundamentals, have almost remained the same.

The minister of Education, over the weekend said, government was considering upgrading the certificates given to secondary graduates in order to reduce the years spent at the tertiary level.

“The curriculum that will appear for the Junior High School will lead to a National Higher Diploma. When you finish Senior High School, you get a National Diploma. It is not everybody who must go to the University straight, but we must prepare our kids for the world of work,” the Minister of Education, Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh popularly known as NAPO is reported to have said this at the 2019 Danquah Institute Leadership lecture on the theme: “World-Class Education an Imperative for the Next Generation of Leaders,” he noted.

Anytime any attempt is made to introduce change in our educational sector, we create more problems in the process.

The most recent is the introduction of the Free Senior High School. The policy although laudable and was provided for in the Constitution of Ghana, was rushed in its implementation.

Secondary schools reopened in January, and government subvention needed by these schools for academic work, is yet to be released, instead the little that the schools get by way of PTA dues, to buy consumables, has also been scrapped.

If there is no problem, you do not create one and turnaround to find solution.  Mathew Opoku Prempeh, does not have the knowhow, capacity to be the one making decisions for the educational sector.

The government seems lost on what it wants to do with education. When president Akufo-Addo, appeared in Parliament to present the State of the Nation Address (SONA), he announced the planned re-categorisation of Senior High School education as part of basic education in Ghana.



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