A research fellow at the Center for Development and Policy Advocacy (CEDEPA), a northern region based civil society organization, Ziblim Alhassan Bonzali, has described the directive of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reschedule the reopening date for 3rd year students in senior high schools from April 5 to May 5 2021, as unwise and unwarranted decision.
According to him, the directive goes to show how ill-informed government has been on the implementation of the free SHS policy.
He stressed that, the move has cause a break in the academic calendar and emphasized the need for a more holistic approach to be adopted in tackling the challenges facing second cycle education in the country.
“We have to broaden the conversation whether there is the need for parent partnership with the state in ensuring the sustainability of the free Senior High School programme and if there is the need for the parents to be involved, which areas can they support. I think the reasons for the postponement are more important than the late announcement of the postponement, before you will make such a decision, there are certain underlying circumstances that would have compelled you take a very belated change in a time a calendar which is supposed to guide not only parents but even teachers in terms how they prepare themselves to deliver content. I have teachers who have complain about instances where they to school only to be told the students are on break, even teacher involvement in some of the decisions are very limited and sometimes head masters also take these instructions from very late from G.E.S. So you will be tempted to blame head masters but they don’t have control over some of these matters. So there is a bigger problem until we accept that there a bigger problem, I don’t think we will get a way forward in terms of how we implement the free S.H.S policy” the policy analyst suggested.
He made these comments while speaking on Tamale based Radio Tamale.
He added that, the free SHS policy will cease to run when the country runs out of its oil revenue stressing that, there is no clear cut sustainable strategy in place to ensure the continuation of the policy after the deletion Ghana’s oil revenue.
Mr. Ziblim further noted that, the continuous irregularities in the running of the gold and green tracks leave teachers in a state of dilemma where they are unable to properly plan for the term.
He has accused government of failing to consistently engage the various stake holders in its policy implementation process, adding that government’s posture on the implementation of the free SHS policy has led to the consistent challenges in the running of the policy.
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