School authorities, parents clash over double-track

Some parents who were at the premises of Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) with their wards had a heated argument with the school’s authorities yesterday morning.

Their argument was as a result of misunderstanding of the tracks resulting in confusion as the school; in the view of parents, were doing something different from the directive from the ministry of education.

Per the ministry’s directive, all students placed in the Green category are supposed to be in school from this week while the Gold category students are to begin in three months time.

However, at the KTI, the school authorities asked many of the students placed in Gold to report to school much to the displeasure of their parents who said they were not well prepared since they knew they had some time, per the ministry’s directive.

The parents claimed that school authorities at the KTI maintained they were not dealing with the double track as the ministry had directed but once the programme of study determined whether he would be among the first or second track.

It was difficult getting the side of authorities at the school since none wanted to speak about the issue.

Also, some parents at the Kumasi Anglican Senior High School were stranded with their children as the computer selection programme made them day students, ‘but we have travelled all the way from Bibiani to this place.’

To their amazement, the school authorities suggested to them to hire hostels for their wards as they could not be offered accommodation on the campus if they were supposed to be day students.

“How can I let my daughter coming to form 1 hire a hostel and stay alone, do you know what it means.

…where then lies the free education Nana Addo is talking about?” one of them lamented in an interview with journalists. 

This parent was not alone, as several of them had travelled from long distances to bring their wards to the school, but were disappointed by the inability of the school to accommodate them.

Our visits to Kumasi High School and Prempeh College showed same challenges as students who had travelled from far and wide were offered day status, and found themselves in dilemma.

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Source: James Appiakorang

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