You’re aware of free SHS Ambassador & his activities Apaak jabs Nana & appointees

The Member of Parliament for Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak says it is his considered view that the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service are complicit in allowing the so-called free senior high school ambassador to engage in an activity that otherwise is against the GES rules as far as political activities concerned.

The legislator said his position is grounded because the GES and the Ministry have had reason to deny activists and members of his party, NDC through headmaster’s, from even booking facilities on campuses of Senior high schools for common meetings.

This is even much more contemptuous when one considers the fact that the headmaster of the Timpane Senior High Hchools was not even aware that his students had gone out on a road that runs between two edifices of the school to stop Joshua Hamidu Akamba to address them.

Not only was the headmaster punished, but it becomes a serious issue of national discourse. We also have on record the refusal to allow my good self to hold a program at the Dinning hall of Fumpisi Senior High Agric school, the very hall which I personally lobbied and had it constructed by the headmaster. The headmaster indicated that the Ministry and GES had indicated that the campuses if Senior High Schools were proscribed from any political activity. Yet at the same time, we saw the branding of Damongo SHS with NPP colours to hold the primaries in that constituency, and we know for a fact that it was Abu Jinapor who was uncontested and the Deputy Chief of Staff had the school-branded for his confirmation.

The Ministry of Education says it has not appointed or mandated any person or persons as Free SHS Ambassadors to go round Senior High Schools in the country to campaign for the Government of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Responding to a video circulating on social media purporting to be of a person carrying himself as Free SHS Ambassador and addressing SHS students, the Ministry indicated in a statement signed by its Communications Director, Ekow Vincent Assafuah, that it has not appointed anyone to what was seen in the video.

But Dr. Apaak went on to the state that it is very clear from his perspective that the ministry is being pretentious in as far as the implementation of the rule that says that the campuses of SHS are off bounds for political activities.

So the letter from the ministry stating that what happened at the Suhum Presbyterian School had just come to the attention of GES and the Ministry is disingenuous.

Dr. Apaak stated emphatically that the ruling NPP is fully aware that parents, students, and Ghanaians are not happy with the obnoxious double-track system, which allows students to stay home almost as long as the time they spend in school. The issue of overcrowding, over a stretch of teaching and none teaching staff who have not gone on vacation since September last year are among the challenges resulting from the poor implementation of an otherwise constitutionally mandated programme.

The MP without mincing words, said that the government knows fully well that stakeholders in the educational sector, many of whom want to speak, but cannot do so due to intimidation are disappointed in the way the policy is being implemented and that is why what has been uncovered has been instituted by the NPP government.

“There is intelligence to indicate that it is part of a deliberate policy that seeks to deploy NPP activists and other government officials to propagate the false at students, instructors and parents that the NDC is against free SHS, which is not the case. We have said that we will improve it and make it better so that collectively as Ghanaians, we exact the full benefits of something that we are mandated to implement by the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.”

Dr. Apaak further alleged that the individual captured in the video is a member of the NPP and the aide of the MCE of Suhum, and the literature of the same school.

He said if the Ministry and GES want Ghanaians to believe that there are serious, then the Headmaster of the school and the so-called ambassador must be sanctioned severely.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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