The renewed debate on the duration for senior high school education has angered some educationists and a cross section of the public who describe what has become NDC/NPP affair as misplaced priorities that leave out real challenges facing the sector.
Minister of Planning, Prof. George Gyan-Baffour who was speaking on a report on Ghana’s Social Development Outlook 2016, by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research yesterday, hinted that government will weigh the 3-year, 4-year Senior High School programme to determine which one will best be of an advantage to students to excel their exams.
His comments have created suspicions that the NPP government may want to go back to the 4-year SHS programme which was reduced to a three-year programme when the NDC assumed office in 2009.
But Professor Gyan Baffuor said if the public insists the 3-year system should be reverted to four years based on its quality, then government can weigh in on that option and implement it for the benefit of all.
He stated: “In the past what we realised was that 3 years was actually 2 years. for the time lost we are trying to make it almost 3 years. that is what we are trying to do now. the traverse of the whole exercise is that money should not be the obstruction to the education of our children, that is the basic premise. if it is found out that four years is better than 3 years to train our children then money should not be the basis of denying them…It is not only access but also quality so if it is four ears that will give them the quality, we will do that.”
However, a renowned educationist, IK Gyasi who commented on the development bluntly asked politicians to stay out of any action that threatens a smooth educational system.
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