In the President’s 16th speech address to the Nation on August 30th, 2020, he tackled on some students going back to school. All second year students from both JHS and SHS are to report to school on 5th October, 2020 to complete their curriculum. They are expected to return home on 14th December, 2020.
The Builsa-South MP has accused President Akufo-Addo of not being forthcoming with his claims of consulting relevant stakeholders before taking major decisions with regards to education, as the students return back to school.
The MP, Dr Clement Abasinaab Apaak, is levelling that accusation on the President because, all major players in the educational sector have alleged being sidelined when it comes to important deliberations on education.
Arguing his point in a detailed post on his Facebook wall, the MP said the announcement by the President that a new academic year for pre-tertiary students will begin in January 2021, comes weeks before the 10-member committee inaugurated by the Minister for Education submits its report on safety precautions for the reopening of schools.
“Now that the President has announced the reopening of schools way ahead of the date the committee was expected to submit its recommendations to the Education Minister, September 21, 2020, for onward submission to the President, what was/is the relevance of the committee?Hon.Dr Clement Abasinaab Apaak
Just like Parliament’s Committee on Education, the MP further alleged that groups like the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) and Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS) were also not engaged, raising the question of who the relevant stakeholders being consulted by the President are.
The Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament was also convinced the government is not adequately prepared to meet the October 5 deadline given for JHS 2 and SHS 2 students to return to campus.