DEPUTY MINISTER ATTACKS NPP’S FREE SHS EDUCATION
From Musah Umar Farouq, Nandom
THE DEPUTY Minister for Upper West Region, Caesar Kale has descended heavily on the free Senior High School (SHS) education being championed by the opposition New Patriotic Party saying the policy will run government secondary schools in the country down.
According to him, free education could not be achieved without the laying of a solid educational foundation which is yet to be achieved in the country.
He said Ghanaians are more interested in the free aspect than accessing the quality of the system if implemented. According to the Deputy Minister Private secondary schools will be better off than the public ones, as is the case in higher levels of education and the private junior high schools run by the private sector.
In spite of students paying incentives to teachers in the fee-paying system in public secondary schools, teachers still go on strike because their monthly salaries are not adequate and sometimes absent themselves from classes with no tangible reason.
Mr. Kale who was speaking at the speech and prize-giving day at Nandom Senior High School last Saturday said Ghanaians are discerning for NPP to lie to them.
Mr. Kale said even though the NDC government had done tremendously well in expanding education infrastructure, improving the working conditions of teachers, opening of new schools and other pro-poor education interventions more needs to be done to achieve that solid educational foundation.
The deputy Minister said about 80% of the projects undertaken by the government are in the area of education, which includes the provision of classrooms, dormitories, libraries, Administrative blocks, school furniture and laptop computers to some schools and individual students to enhance learning of ICT.
Mr. Kale advised the students who have not won prizes should never be dispirited but see their failure to win prizes as an encouragement to spur them on to achieve greater heights in your educational ladder.
The Upper West Regional Director of Ghana Education Service, Mr. Iddrisu Mahama cautioned students against engaging in acts of vandalism and other forms of unruly behavior because the Ghana Education Service (GES) does not have a place for such students and will not tolerate them.
He also urged the headmaster and his staff to be united and work as a team to achieve a common goal.
Mr. Mahama appealed to staff and students in the school to be hard working and disciplined, to achieve the desired results and caution students to duly respect their teachers and others in authority and teachers should play their roles according to the ethics of the profession.
The Headmaster, Rev. Nicholas Zummanaa said the school faces lighting problem and appealed to the Regional Minister to help put up street lights at vantage points in the school and draw the attention of the authorities to the precarious condition of the school’s dining hall.
He also said the school lacked masters in the area of Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Business Management and Geography.
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