The Principal of Wa Technical Institute, Mr. Saaka Adams has described as worrying the overly politicization of the Ghana’s educational system.
He cited instances where the country witnessed highly politicized debates on issues about education between the country’s two largest political parties, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) as to whether the duration of secondary education should be three years or four years.
Mr. Saaka made this known on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 to Anaakaa Waris on Home Radio’s talk show “the constituency watch.”
Mr Saaka was particularly disturbed with “the political games” being played with the duration and accessibility of senior high school (SHS) education.
“If you look at our school system, we used to have SSS, and now SHS, we have even taken terms in three years system, and four years system, all in the interest of the politicians.” he said.
For these, according to him are clear scenarios of how politicization of educational policies in the country tend to suppress genuine national discourse on education and thereby inhibits the sustainability of such policies once political power changes.
Mr. Saaka also criticized frequent policy changes merely for reasons of parochial political interest and advantage, and noted that from toying with the country’s education this had only succeeded in lowering standards.
The Principal of the Wa Technical Institute observed that educational system can be depoliticized to sustained educational policy implementation.
He therefore called on Ghanaians especially stakeholders to take deliberate steps to depoliticize educational issues by allowing institutional governance structures to functions.
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