In spite of the numerous concerns and criticisms from a number of Ghanaians regarding the Double Track System of the Free Senior High School, a Deputy Education Minister has reiterated the Akufo-Addo government’s unwavering determination to provide a free senior high school education for all Ghanaians without leaving a single child behind.
A cross section of Ghanaians particularly former President and a flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been on the heels of President Akufo-Addo with series of criticisms following the implementation of the Free Senior High School and the Double Track System and has hence vowed to review the policy should he win the 2020 Presidential elections.
Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum has said that the provision of free second cycle education which ought to have been done over six decades ago can no longer be dropped in the ocean leaving the disadvantaged Ghanaian child behind on the grounds of poverty. He firmly stated the government’s intention to continue with the free SHS policy at any cost.
“Free Senior High School has come to stay because we cannot afford to continue to leave the children from disadvantaged background behind. It is something that has not been done over 60 years ago, but we didn’t and left so many children behind.”
Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency in the Ashanti Region was addressing students, parents, the chiefs and guests at Our Lady of Grace Senior High School (OLAG) – Mamponteng during the installation of Nana Adu Boahen II as Development Chief for Mamponteng Traditional Area.
He said His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is committed to building an equitable society where the poor and the rich will both have equal access to education and where no Ghanaian child would be left out in education due to poverty to enable all citizens to contribute to national development.
“There are so many people who were left out because their parents could not afford school fees. President Akufo Addo wants to build a better Ghana and a more equitable society, a society where the poor and the rich can stand together, a country where no one will say because I was poor I did not get the opportunity to go to school and because I was poor now look at me, my life is miserable now”, he stated.
In the President’s quest to give equal opportunity and access to education for all Ghanaian children, the minister said the ‘cutoff point’ which aided in leaving some children behind is now a thing of the past. “In Ghana there is something called the cutoff point and it means that if you don’t do well in English, Mathematics and Science then we tell you because you did not do well in maths and science you cannot go to school. So if your parents cannot afford to pay for private senior high school, then you are left out; that era is gone”, he assured.
The Legislator called on parents and all well meaningful Ghanaians to rise to rise and vehemently defend the free senior high school policy against the doomsayers who wish the policy dead. “If anybody says, I do not like Free Senior High School, Ghanaians are the once who must respond and tell him that for 60 years we have excluded the poor and we have come to the point where we can no longer exclude the poor”, he urged.