PRIVATE SHS ARE READY TO SUPPORT THE FREE SHS - PROPRIETOR OF OLISTAR SHS

Nana Olichey, proprietor of Olistar Senior High Sch.


Former deputy minister of education in charge of second cycle education under the erstwhile Mahama government, has urged the governing New patriotic party  to take a keen interest In the completion of the E.BLOCK projects started by the erstwhile  N.D.C administration to address the Infrastructure challenges which is calling for double track system.

Speaking to Hector Delli Offei of Sky Fm, a radio station in Sunyani, Mr Alex Kyeremeh chided the government for waiting all this while before seeking to implement the double track system in their quest to address the Infrastructure deficit at the second cycle while some E-Block projects at various stages of completion stand still.

"The government could have saved the situation if it took keen interest in completing the many scattered community day senior high schools started under our regime, now we are here struggling" he suggested

Double track system is expected to commence at the senior high level in September this year.

Mr Alex Kyeremeh, a former dep. Min of Education

He is therefore admonishing the government to be proactive in dealing with the infrastructural challenges associated with the free SHS policy.

"In 2011/12 academic year a similar situation emerged through the four year SHS policy which was introduced by the former J A Kuffour government but under the able leadership of the NDC under the late President J E A Mills we solved the infrastructural deficit to avert any double track system. We managed to keep about 181,000 students" he noted.Tape.

Addressing the issue of quality education, the former legislator for the Techiman North noted equity and access  is needed to ensure quality education.


In a related development, the proprietor of Olistar Senior High School,  Nana Olichey Ansu Gyeabour I has revealed inclusion of private senior high schools in the implementation of the free senior high school policy, would prevent the introduction of the  Double track system arising out of Infrastructure challenges.

According to the Sompa Hene of Abesim, the private schools have enough facilities and quality teachers to provide quality education to students comparable to what the public schools are providing.

"We really appreciate the free SHS policy, but government was to hearken our initial plea to give us some students through the computerised school selection placement system (CSSPS) under this policy just as it was before the policy. Most of us have standardised facilities and qualified teachers enough to render teaching and learning just as in the public schools. We are almost completely out of business, our teaching and non teaching staff will loose their jobs. Government needs to consider including us to salvage the situation if in deed it believes in Private Public Partnership" he appealed to government.

He bemoaned the fact that the free Senior high school policy included some of the big schools like prempeh college, Adisadel College etc but not specifically to the underprivileged schools.

"I anticipated government will introduce the policy in schools at deprived areas. I hope any parent who wishes his ward gains admission into schools like Prempeh College, Achimota, and their likes should be prepared to pay something to augment government's effort. It should have been in only the deprived schools. Again I suggest basic school graduates with aggregate 30 and over should not be given admission through this system" Nana added.

The 2017 Sunyani municipal best farmer's suggestion falls in line with Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Attah's suggestion on as to how the policy should require middle class parents to pay something to support the Free SHS policy, though Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum, deputy minister of education says it isn't government's position.

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