Mahama’s claim on Free SHS ‘preposterous’ – Ministry of Education PRO

General News of Sunday, 30 September 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

2018-09-30

Former President John Dramani Mahama

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Education Ekow Vincent has lashed out at former President John Mahama for describing the Double Track System being implemented to address the challenges of Free SHS as “senseless.”

According to Mr Mahama, the system makes no sense and must be reviewed.

“I believe that if Ghanaians come together we can come out with a workable timetable and schedule for implementing free SHS, because the double track system is not understandable. We just finished vacation, children have been at home for almost three months, it’s time to go to school and you say they should stay back at home for another forty-one days and let their friends go so they can also go after that time. It doesn’t make sense and that is because our friends don’t listen to advice,” Mahama noted at Cape Coast during his campaign for the slot to lead the NDC in the 2020 election.

Double Track System Senseless – Mahama

Reacting to Mahama’s claim, the head of public affairs at the education ministry said: “His recent attacks on the Free SHS flagship Policy that has brought relief to thousands of Ghanaian parents is unfathomable. “Double track is senseless,” he said. This comment is obviously preposterous, unwarranted, repugnant and woefully takes a nosedive at the bar of constructive criticism.”

Below is his full reaction:

MAHAMA’s CLAIM PREPOSTEROUS – EKOW VINCENT

Re- Double track is senseless

The former President of our country John Dramani Mahama never ceases to amaze well meaning Ghanaians with his vitriolic attacks. One would expect a former President to exude the posture of a statesman and proffer solutions and policy direction where need be but it looks like Mr. Mahama will always disappoint when subjected to a higher measure of expectation. He would rather do what even party foot soldiers consider inappropriate and wouldn’t do, all in a bid to get his name in the news.

His recent attacks on the Free SHS flagship Policy that has brought relief to thousands of Ghanaian parents is unfathomable. “Double track is senseless “ he said. This comment is obviously preposterous, unwarranted, repugnant and woefully takes a nosedive at the bar of constructive criticism.

Admittedly, there may be a few challenges as we continue to take bold decisions, choose hope over our fears and remain committed to the principle of ‘leaving no child behind’

The Akufo-Addo led administration through innovativeness has today put several thousands of students in various second cycle institutions across the country at a zero fee to parents who hitherto had to helplessly watch the ambitions of their wards wash away due to the lack of the purchasing power.

This government has taken critical decisions to boost both access and quality and posterity will definitely be the judge. Those close to the former President should kindly let him know that the Ministry of Education and the people of Ghana at large will appreciate some solutions or policy alternatives instead of throwing tantrums.

I will also like to take this opportunity to admonish all who have legitimate concerns to table them at the Ministry, we are committed to promoting higher academic standards.

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