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Free education for SHS is possible, but…..-K.B Asante

Free education for SHS is possible, but…..-K.B Asante

K.B. Asante

A former Diplomat, Mr. K.B Asante says free Senior High School education is feasible but depends on government’s education strategy.

Mr. Asante says funding free education depends on how any government plans ahead to ensure that the programme becomes successful.

“If you look at the economy it appears not to be feasible, but it is possible for a government to design a policy to make it happen.”

“It’s all part of the overall economic and social policy? If you have an economic policy and a taxation policy which will make that possible, why not?”

Mr. K.B. Asante asked Ghanaians to pressurize government through Parliament to enact laws that will make free education a reality. He said money in the Consolidated Fund belongs to Ghanaians and it should be used to fund free education.

He was speaking on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem programme on Wednesday, in reaction to a promise by the New Patriotic Party’s presidential candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo to run free education for Senior High Schools when voted into power.

He maintained that free education as introduced by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was a good policy based on prevailing conditions.

Mr. K.B. Asante expressed concern about the state of education in the country, and called for urgent attention to save the situation and the nation’s future leaders.

The one time sercertary to late President Kwame Nkrumah stressed that what has compounded the problem in the educational sector is the changing of programmes by successive governments.

“We have problems in education at all levels, ranging from lack of educational facilities as university lecture halls are packed to the extent that lecturers do not have time to mingle with the students as we had in our time.”

On the issue of the NDC government’s decision to reverse the previous government’s programme of a four-year SHS to three years, the former diplomat noted that provision of structures and facilities to facilitate teaching and learning was more important, not the duration of instruction.

“We have not been consistent, we have not been pursuing one policy relentlessly,” Mr. K B Asante said.

Source: Adomonline.com



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