The Member of Parliament for Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on Education Committee of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to stop comparing his procured Free Senior High School (fSHS) WASSCE results to the genuine WASSCE records of former President John Dramani Mahama.
According to Dr. Apaak, president Akufo-Addo should be telling Ghanainas what he has done to address the challenges debilitating effective teaching and learning in secondary schools since he took over power, and retained it through “ways and means” even when Ghanaians rejected him, including beneficiaries of fSHS.
He believes that, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo should stop gloating over results some suggest were procured through “engineering”, and comparing that to genuine results obtained by students under his predecessor, John Dramani Mahama.
He jabs President Akufo-Addo by saying that, he must be living in another planet or his handlers must have misled him to compare the “engineered” results procured through massive leakages, malpractices and cheating with the complicity of an examination body (WAEC), whose integrity is currently in question, to the authentic and organic results under John Dramani Mahama.
Dr. Clement Apaak added that, John Dramani Mahama didn’t procure and supply past examination questions and examiners reports as part of an effort to cover up monumental challenges affecting teaching and learning at the secondary school level: Obnoxious double track; Erratic academic calendar; Overworked teaching and non-teaching staff; Inadequate and unwholesome food; Inadequate space and furniture; Culture of silence; Lack of adequate core subject textbooks; Delay in release of funds among others.
“John Dramani Mahama built new secondary schools, expanded existing schools, didn’t punish school heads for speaking out, didn’t overburden teaching and non-teaching staff, didn’t supply expired unwholesome and expired food items to schools. Under John Mahama 22 SHS didn’t score zero. Under Akufo-Addo 22 schools scored zero in 2020, we pray its not the case this year.” He said.