A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress Michael Semabia has advised HE Nana Akufo-Addo to seek counsel from his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama if he really intends making tertiary education in Ghana free.
Quoting from a Ghanaian proverb that says, ‘it is the elders of the village that teach the youth how to fish’, Mr. Semabia noted that his mentor the former president is more experienced in governance than the current president.
He said ‘a little humility could help him get wise counsel’ on education.
Reacting to news that the NPP Government plans to make tertiary education free in Ghana, the NDC member argued that the nation risks churning out ‘educated illiterates’ should the president carry out his plan without proper consultations.
According to him, Mr Mahama told Ghanaians in 2016 to be patient for him to put the needed infrastructure in place before making Senior High education free across the country but the then candidate Akufo-Addo and NPP managed to "cajole Ghanaians into joining their bandwagon of lies."
He stated, “Now look at the chaos in Senior High schools due to the lack of planning and arrogance coupled with the quest to win power at all cost.
"…if this president had heeded to the good plans of JDM to put the necessary infrastructure in place before making senior high education free, we could all be at peace when our children or siblings are going to school”.
Michael Semabia the suspension of motivation and responsibility allowances even at a time teachers are facing unbearable hardship. This, he claims, led to a reduction in seriousness among the students and consequentially half-baked graduates.
According to him, teachers would have handled their work with all their hearts and students on the other hand would have had the peace of mind to study if the president listened to ‘wise counsel’ from his predecessor.
“Now they have started planning for 2024 elections so he is coming with another deceit that they will make tertiary education free, he should give Ghanaians a full, truthful report on the free SHS,” he maintained.
The President is said to have announced his government’s intentions to make tertiary education free.
He said over the weekend that his government is considering implementing free tertiary education in the country.
According to the president, "what has been put in place is a system where students at the tertiary level are provided loans while in school to help them cater for their needs but we’re considering free tertiary education too."