State of Nations Address 2018 delivered by President Nana Akuffo Addo
Previous Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, hosts asked the New Patriotic Gathering (NPP) organization not to assert magnificence for being the first to start free senior secondary school (SHS) training in the nation.
As per him, his gathering, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), first began Free SHS in 2014 with an aggregate of 10,400 understudies.
President Akufo-Addo's NPP government has reported that the Free SHS program will begin this month (September) with the principal year understudies in all the general population senior secondary schools in the nation.
Talking at a public interview on Monday, September 4, the present Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, asked guardians and gatekeepers not to pay any charges requested by heads of senior secondary schools since the legislature was dealing with every single such cost.
"Understudies shouldn't pay any charges," he stated, including, "Actually, PTA-required expenses like utilities, advancement collect, and significantly instructor inspiration will be paid by the administration. Accordingly, we've made it liberally clear to superintendents that cash ought not to be the motivation behind why an understudy ought not to go to class. In this manner, no parent ought to get a bill."
Dr. Adutwum included, "Regardless of the possibility that PTA meets and chooses in discussion with GES that there is something they need to do and they need guardians to contribute, it won't be obligatory. On the off chance that Mr. Kojo Mensah doesn't have the cash to make that commitment for his ward, the understudy won't be kept from going to class."
However, talking on Asempa FM's 'Ekosii Sen' program on Monday, Mr. Ablakwa stated, "I think the NDC as a gathering we have to enhance our correspondence procedure. Free SHS is not beginning in Ghana on the eleventh of September this year; it is not President Akufo-Addo who is without beginning SHS and many individuals don't have the foggiest idea about this."
He demonstrated that NDC "… had a credit office from the World Bank under the Secondary Education Improvement Program.
"Under this, there were four segments – the first was to construct the 23 senior secondary schools, the second segment was the preparation we accommodated Maths, Science and ICT educators and there was a third part called Quality Improvement Facility update, and the fourth completely was the grants for poor senior secondary school understudies."
He stated, "The assertion we marked with the World Bank for the following five years around then – 2014 to 2019 – was on allowing grants and actualizing free SHS for 10,400 understudies."
"There are more than 400,000 SHS understudies across the nation and the present organization is not depending on advance to fund the program.
"Additionally when contrasted with the 424,092 understudies who are relied upon to profit by the NPP's Free SHS arrangement in its first year, the 10,400 figure said by Ablakwa is only a shelled nut," an instructive examiner watched.
The NDC seems stressed over the execution of the Free SHS program this month, as President Akufo-Addo is apparently set on satisfying his battle guarantee to the Ghanaian individuals.
President Akufo-Addo has been exceptionally quick in regarding his vows to Ghanaians and that is evidently causing alarm inside the NDC camp.
It's indistinct why Ablakwa is notwithstanding guaranteeing that his gathering began the free SHS training when undoubtedly, the NDC had fervently called attention to that it was unrealistic to execute Free SHS approach in Ghana, yet rather the nation should concentrate on quality instruction – the very purpose behind which ex-President Mahama selected to assemble somewhere in the range of 200 Community High Schools across the country, a task he (Mahama) woefully neglected to finish before being booted out of energy in a despicable way in 2016.