Government has stated emphatically, it will not back down on implementing free Senior High School promise despite mounting criticisms over its troubled implementation.
Deputy Education minister Dr. Yaw Adutwum has told Joy News, manifesto promises for which the government was elected to fulfill are non-negotiable.
The government has been facing criticisms, its free SHS policy was not well thought through despite preaching it for eight years while in opposition.
Two months to re-opening, government has announced a double-track system to resolve severely congested classrooms after enrolment rates shot up due to free SHS.
Government has been accused of introducing an ill-thought out policy to correct challenges created by another ill-thought out promise.
There is pressure on the government for wide consultation over the double track system with parents, teachers expressing misgivings and lack of understanding over the new direction.
The Finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta has also suggested a rethink of the free SHS policy observing some parents are willing and able to pay.
But the deputy Education minister has insisted, the government consulted all those who matter. The opposition NDC, he indicated needs not to be consulted over free SHS implementation.
“Four years from now if we are being judged on the implementation of our manifesto promises, they are not going to ask the NDC”.
“They will ask Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo did you make good on your pledge?”, he said.
But Dr Yaw Adutwum wondered how the implementation of Free SHS could amount to jeopardising education system when the government puts huge funds into making sure every Ghanaian student qualified to go to school gets the chance including the economically disadvantaged.
Source: Joy News