Let us applaud the government for making Free SHS possible for all.
Education can never be underestimated when it comes to development. Education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. Our country is suffering due to high illiteracy rate because, some Ghanaians vote without knowing the implications while others do not knowing why and who they should vote for.
Some Ghanaians engaged in open defecation because, they don’t know its effects. Some also litter around because they don’t know its diverse effect in our country. Now that free SHS has come to stay, it would educate 85 per cent as the population keeps growing.
It would most parents’ hope of making their dream a reality.
Available statistics from the Daily Graphic shows that, from 2013 to 2017, an overwhelming 493,016 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates qualified to pursue secondary education, but could not do so because, they were not enrolled.
It is estimated that 24,993 of this year’s BECE candidates will miss out on secondary education if the government, through the Ministry of Education, does not adopt an innovative way of accommodating all qualified candidates
The move, is part of government strategies to ensure that no student was denied admission to SHS under its free SHS policy.
According to government, the system is temporary measure which is expected to last five and seven years to way to address the challenge.
It is a great news and a pleasure to see all these students having basic education. This gives me so much assurance that, our country has a better future, but my fear is that, due to the nature of politics in our country. In case the NDC party comes to power before the due years double track system, they would change the policy. This is because, they protested against it when they were in opposition. Therefore, they would also adopt a policy to make theirs look better than what we are having now. This is exactly what happened to the Four years educational system in the country implemented by the Former President John Agyekum Kuffour.
Mr President, why can’t we make education policies entrenched in the constitution where no government can change it, rather work with the policies. Free SHS needs legal backing, political will and the required budgetary allocations to sustain it.
Education should not be politicised because, it plays a key role in our National development.
Why can’t we all put our political differences aside and support this policy since it has worked in some other countries?
Countries such as United States of America (USA), Germany, United Kingdom among others have used education to advance development in their respective countries why can’t we also do it.
Ghana even has more natural resources than the afore mentioned countries, therefore we have enough reasons to promote quality education in the country. Just that, we are not utilising our resources due to some selfish people in position.
Among all the policies and campaign promises, if President Nana Akuffo –Addo led government makes Free SHS achievable and sustainable, it is better off than any other policy.
If the numerous challenges and problems can be addressed, we need to address the issue of education first, because it is the mother of all problems.
It has taken the financial burden of many parents especially the less privileged.
Work in Progress
Yet, it is unfortunate there are many children, especially in our rural areas, who are unable to attend school due to poverty; many families in the rural areas cannot afford to send their children to school because, of the cost involved at the primary level.
If the double track system would enable everyone to be educated, it is far better than using single track system calendar which would denied a lot of people from education.
Now that the government has made Free SHS possible and introduced double track system as a way of addressing it major challenge, government can look at promoting the quality of education next year.
Quality education is possible!
Free SHS is possible!
Let’s stand for Change!
Ghana has a Future!
Editor: Mr Louis Owusu