Former Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ministry of Education, Vincent Ekow Assafuah acknowledging challenges facing the education sector says it is in the best interest for students to study under trees rather than be uneducated.
In an interview monitored by Thisterm.com, the Member of Parliament for the Old Tafo constituency said the flagship Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy should not be reviewed as suggested by some sections of Ghanaians.
Speaking on Citi 93.7 FM’s Eyewitness News, the past spokesperson for the Ministry in Charge of Education (MoE) said the review of the Free SHS policy is not the ultimate solution to challenges confronting the education sector.
“For me, it is better for a young person to sit on the floor without a desk to learn rather than not being educated. It is better for a young person to go to school without a slipper and be educated than not being educated at all,” he said.
In line with Vincent Ekow Assafuah, the Minister for Education Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) program introduced in the 2017 academic year only needs some improvements and not a review.
While acknowledging that the policy has faced criticism, the Education Minister speaking on Citi Breakfast Show monitored by Thisterm.com emphasized that it requires improvements in specific areas rather than a complete review.
Citing the success of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) program, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum stated that the central government policy in its current state does not necessitate a review but rather targeted improvements.
“Anything that you do, there will be areas that need improvements. [On] improvements we can look to train teachers and make sure that teachers are well prepared to teach for better learning outcomes
When questioned about the possibility of parents paying for boarding while day education remains free, Dr Adutwum firmly responded in the negative, stating, “No…We just have to improve the learning outcomes and ensure that the investment is worth their while of Ghanaians so that they know that their taxpayers are being used to their benefit and we are bridging the gap between the rich and the poor,” he told the host of the Citi Breakfast Show.