General News of 2014-03-04

Free SHS policy not timely – Franklin Cudjoe

The Executive Director of IMANI Ghana, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, says the Free Senior High School policy intervention is not timely, considering the current economic challenges that Ghana is bedeviled with.

“This is not the time to roll out this policy, and even if it was time, the way it was even announced shows a certain kind of unpreparedness, “he emphasized.

In his opinion, government should have engaged in broader discussions before launching out such a policy.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, he stated that, “In any forward looking society that wants to undertake a policy with systemic implications or development, one would have thought that this would have been a matter that the Sector Ministry (Ministry of Education) would discuss with stakeholders.”

“Most of the fundamentals going forward have been affected by the way the cedi is already performing …taking into consideration this policy, there are issues that would suffer in the education sector,” he further explained.

He also stated that unwillingness of Ghanaian politicians to test their policies before carrying them out was a contributing factor to the failure of most policies.

“One of the things that is fundamentally wrong with Ghanaian politicians is that they have big dreams, but don’t want to test their policies.”

President Dramani Mahama in his state of the nation address last Tuesday, revealed government’s plans to implement the Free SHS policy.

Government on Monday cut sod for construction work to begin on promised community schools in some regions.

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