Charles Aheto-Tsegah, former Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), has expressed disappointment over the government’s unwillingness to reassess the Free SHS policy.
He perceives the government’s stance as an avoidance of a thorough examination of Ghana’s educational system, asserting that a comprehensive review could effectively address the challenges confronting the initiative.
During an appearance on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum rejected calls for a complete review of the Free SHS policy. He emphasized the need for targeted improvements rather than an overall reassessment.
However, Mr. Aheto-Tsegah, speaking on Eyewitness News with host Umaru Sanda Amadu, insisted that a review is imperative for the current state of the policy.
He criticized the government’s approach, stating, “The government is playing the ostrich and believes it is delivering spectacular results, but any achievements could be enhanced through a proper review of the system and attention to voices calling for a review.”
Expressing concern about the lack of dialogue and interaction in education delivery, Aheto-Tsegah lamented the government and its supporters’ posture when calls for a policy review are raised.
“It seems as if members or supporters of the NPP are only concerned with the fact that education has become free, and there is a mass enrollment into education. Even that mass enrollment, we know it is not entirely accurate in terms of the numbers often touted,” he added.