A Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, has dared Education Minister, Dr Yaw Adutwum to show proof that the Akufo-Addo government’s management of Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country, is the best in the world.
According to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South, the Minister should tell Ghanaians “the standard; what variables were used, and which international institution or organisation evaluated our SHS system, before concluding that it was the best managed in the world?”
The Education Minister in a recent interview on Accra-based Starr FM claimed that, President Akufo-Addo must be commended for how the Free SHS programme, has been operated so far.
He said, “if you talk about Senor High School education, Ghana has managed its senior high schools better than what’s being done in other parts of the world.”
“Nana Addo deserves our commendation for how he’s managed free SHS. The headmasters are in schools and we’ve provided what they need to run the schools.”
But in a sharp response, Dr. Apaak, is asking the Minister to spare Ghanaians the Akufo-Addo administration’s empty rhetoric and take citizens seriously by addressing the numerous challenges which has bedeviled the nation’s educational sector, particularly in the SHS.
According to him, “Ghanaians expect their leaders to take their plight seriously and to work to address them. Leaders making outrageous claims ought to be put to strict proof. Students, teachers, parents and heads of SHS know this claim is a figment of the imagination of the Minister and his government.”
He described the state of Ghana’s SHS as having “Erratic and haphazard academic calendar; expired, unwholesome and insufficient food; culture of silence; overburdened teachers; inadequate space and furniture”.
The MP wondered if the situations as he mentioned above denote best managed in the world? He wants educational authorities to “admit challenges and seek help to fix them!”.