Former President John Mahama has unveiled plans to conduct a comprehensive stakeholder engagement in his first 100 days in office, aimed at reviewing the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.
According to Mr. Mahama, the programme needs serious review to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in Ghana’s secondary education system.
He made this known during a dialogue meeting held in Accra with some members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The Former President stressed the importance of maintaining high educational standards while ensuring access to quality education for all.
He expressed his commitment to improving the Free SHS initiative, which provides tuition-free education to senior high school students, but has faced criticism for its impact on the quality of education.
Mr. Mahama stated, “Access to education is crucial, but quality should not be compromised. The Free SHS programme needs a serious review, as we all can acknowledge the challenges it faces. We have to ensure that our students receive the best education possible, and that’s why I believe that in my first 100 days in office, I will launch a stakeholder engagement to review the program.”
He emphasised the need for dialogue among educators, parents, students, and policymakers to identify practical solutions to these challenges.
Members of the Trade Union Congress welcomed Mr. Mahama’s proposal and commended his commitment to education.
The union members also used the event to launch its first-ever workers’ manifesto.
According to the Union’s General Secretary General, Dr Yaw Baah the manifesto will tackle a wide range of socio-economic issues ranging from human development with an emphasis on food insecurity, housing, access to water, and other basic needs, amongst others.
Dr. Yaw, however, called on the need to also review the country’s constitution to empower citizens to demand growth.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Ghana