Right Reverend Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante PhD, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has lauded President Akufo-Addo for it bold step in implementing the free Senior High school policy.
According to him, every policy has it own challenges and it is left with any administration to decide whether to implement such policies and tackle the challenges or to fold it arms and bring nothing new on board and the Akufo-Addo led administration has taken the former which is to initiate new policies that will soften the burden on Ghanaian populace.
However, the challenge the man of God has with the free Senior High school policy which he wants government to tackle immediately is with the green track and the gold track system which puts student into two categories. This according to him does not afford students the the ample time to study well while they are in school and is urging government to build more schools to absorb the large number of students who are in various Senior High schools across the country so as to make teaching and learning easy.
He believes 2020 is going to be a challenging one for government since the first batch of free Senior High school students will be writing their WASSCE and critics of the free Senior High school policy will be waiting for the results which will inform their message and next move. Also, the huge number of students that will be churned out of various Senior High and the few number of tertiary institutions to accommodate such a huge number but he prays the Akufo-Addo led administration will be able to tackle all the challenges and overcome it.
The Free Senior High school initiative was implemented by President Akufo-Addo September 2017. It was a major campaign promise of the NPP prior to the 2016 election. The Akufo-Addo led administration main aim of introducing this policy is to make education accessible and free to all. The policy has given hope to 100,000 young men and women who would have been in the house after their basic education and about 1.2 million students are currently benefitting from the policy. Due to the large number of students who has to be absorbed into the various Senior High schools across the country, government has introduced the double track system which put students into categories of two thus, the green track and the gold track. The Green Track represents the first batch of students who would go to school for a semester and are later followed by the Gold Track students who would continue after students of the green track session have vacated on the academic calendar.