We have identified several reasons why this shortened school term is unacceptable:
1. The short duration of 12 days for students to report and return poses a considerable hardship, particularly for those traveling long distances. This limited time frame leaves little room for proper preparation for the academic journey ahead.
2. Financial drain and strain on parents and guardians compound the issue, exacerbated by the proximity to the Christmas season and the unexpectedly short notice provided. Furthermore, the varying expectations regarding the time of reporting place additional stress on families during this festive period.
3. We wish to emphasize the importance of emotional and academic adaptability for students entering a new environment. The brief transition period raises concerns about their ability to effectively cope with the challenges of adapting socially, emotionally, and academically.
We were surprised when the NPP, which claims to be of superior intellectual capacity, persistently misinterprets the term "REVIEW" as "CANCEL". We desire to elucidate to the NPP that "REVIEW" means a formal evaluation of the Free SHS policy with the aim of implementing modifications for improvement if deemed necessary, and not otherwise.
We commend H.E John Mahama for launching the "Progressively Free SHS" in 2015, as delineated in the 1992 constitution.
It is evident that the Free SHS policy implemented by Nana Akufo Addo, in its current state, is poorly targeted. TEIN KNUST aligns itself with the perspective articulated by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The need for a comprehensive review is pressing, and TEIN KNUST stands as a voice against the inadequacies of the current policy.
In light of the challenges identified, we call for a review. We affirm our commitment to advocating for quality education. As we look forward to the 2024 elections, we urge all stakeholders to rally behind H.E John Dramani Mahama, recognising his dedication to implementing effective strategies that will address the identified challenges in the Free SHS policy.