An outspoken critic of government and a leading member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has spurned the implementation of a double-track system under the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy introduced by the Nana Addo-led NPP government.

Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, who is the General Secretary of the NDC is of the opinion that the kind of free education policy under President Akufo-Addo’s administration will jeopardize the future of Ghanaian children, adding that should the status quo remains, there will be no better future for the children of Ghana.


Speaking on Okay FM’s ‘Ade Akye Abia’ Morning Show, the NDC Chief Scribe noted that school-children will be better off illiterate than to be subjected to the half-baked education being taught them under the double-track system.

“If we should allow things to pan out the way they are now at the education sector without changing certain policies, then they are being wicked to children by messing up their future. Because this half-baked education is worse than illiteracy. If the children go to school and they are being taught wrongly, then those who didn’t go to school at all are better off,” he stated.

Mr Asideu Nketia further alleged that a lot of the children who have been posted to Day schools have been left to fend for themselves as there are no facilities to accommodate them.

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“ . . the costs that parents have to bear to rent a place of accommodation for their children is higher than the school fees that government has absorbed. That is what most of the parents are going through. Aside that, go and ask about teenage pregnancy,” he stated.

Mr. Asiedu Nketiah further revealed that as part of the NDC’s 2020 manifesto, the party has started a stakeholder consultation to inculcate private schools in their manifesto in order to immediately address the challenge of school placement and the double-track system as soon as the NDC wins power in 2020.

These are things we will do immediately when we come to power. As soon as we regain power, we are doing a stakeholder consultation. In fact, we have started the stakeholder consultation to conclude this plan in our next manifesto with the private schools,” he revealed.

While condemning the attitude of President Akufo-Addo for failing to consult broadly before rolling-out the double-track policy, the NDC General Secretary lambasted the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh for insulting the intelligence of Ghanaians by accusing the opposition party of bussing people to the Independence Square to cause disaffection for the government during the recent chaos that characterized the school placement exercise.

Democracy is about sharing of ideas and so you cannot say that since this policy is in my manifesto, I will do it at all cost without listening to anybody . . . when that happens, then we are gambling with the future of these young ones,” he stated.

Source: peacefmonline.com


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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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