A Parliamentary Aspirant for the South Tongu Constituency, president of the Volta Regional Surveyors Association who again serves as the president of Sogasco Old Students Association (SOSA), Surveyor Maxwell Kwame Lukutor has reacted swiftly to some happenings at the Education Sector so far the Free Senior High School Education is concerned.
In his latest and heart warming article tittled “Touch not my appointed and do my graduates no harm”, he has reflected on the Free SHS policy implemented by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo dubbed with misconduct and vandalism of final year Senior High School students in the ongoing West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
He also recounted the shortfalls of the Free SHS and how it was politicize by the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Have a read of his latest article copied to the front deck of Coverghana.com.gh.
I Chronicles 16 :22 “Touch not my anointed and do my Prophets no harm,” David said.
This command from King David was to all nations and kingdoms about God’s appointed Ministers, after the Ark of God was brought and sacrifice made throughout the nations.
One cardinal promise Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, made, which won him the 2016 general election, was his Free SHS policy.
This was one of the few he hurriedly implemented against numerous advises from majority of Ghanaians including “Ken Bond”, his Finance Minister.
For analytical minds, this was done at the time he did, for a maximum yield and returns in this election year.
Under normal temperature and pressure (only science students understand 😂) the policy should have covered all SHS students in school at the time, but was discriminatory against continuing students and to their dismay and chagrin.
All the “nice” treatments were given to only these breeds of homo sapiens.
All the discipline we had to go through in Secondary School, which some believe has molded us into who we are today, was directed to be relaxed. You hear a lot of complaints from teachers about the high level of truancy displayed by the Free SHS students. They have no respect nor reverence for teachers and even parents.
There was one thing I realised whilst I was a student, i.e “if you dislike a teacher, you’ll automatically dislike the subject he teaches”
I am the National President of old students of one of the prestigious Schools in the Volta Region; (Lower Volta Varsity), and I see and hear a lot of things first hand. Ghanaians saw a lot of Headmasters and headmistresses demoted and teachers punished for one little infraction or another, but students are treated like demigods.
Educators including Directors, have been reduced to nothing with every simple decision left to be taken by the Director General of GES. Most teachers were, thereby, rendered powerless and demoralized. You see, if you take weapons and uniforms from a security officer he is reduced to an ordinary civilian.
Most of these Free SHS students went into the schools with all kinds of grades (even 50) and the assumption is that, most of them are not that academically strong.
The policy, however, is that, they should be given secondary education for employment into some lower level production units of established factories around them, which currently are non existent.
This policy of wholesale promotion, is having a negative influence on the JHS students who are not serious with studies, because they know that no matter their grades, they’ll still go for Free SHS. They know that “Ne agble me didi o la womekpla tsigoe ga o” to wit you don’t carry a big water can to a backyard farm.
These Free SHS students were so pampered by Government and its officials with all freebies (fees, uniforms, feeding, textbooks, exams fees and even “pastquos”) and given pet names by the President thus; “Akufo Addo Graduates”, and were told to study the new school Bible (the compiled solved past questions) so as to pass their exams very well and shame all naysayers. This admonishment, I believe, gave a false hope to students that questions were going to be lifted from the book, and that all their life depended on the book. This, as a result, emboldened these students to feel very special and protected from all “examination harm”. Remember ” if you go to bed with an iching “kooko” anus, you’ll surely wake up with smelling hands”
Other politically motivated decisions were also taken in their favour; like registering students on campus with the promise of transferring their votes to their home voting centres subsequently (which has never happened before, in the history of the EC).
Most people believe all these things were done to score political points and win the favour of these would-be first time voters and supposedly their parents.
After few days of tasting the real taste of “egboryebesɛ” pepper in writing the WAEC exams, the eyes of these young ones became wide opened with reality dawning on them.
Their future then started starring at them, and as a drowning non swimmer, they looked for straw to clinch unto. They looked for colleagues nearby in the exams room to seek help but then realized that novelty was not only with their breed of graduating class but also came along with novel corona virus, which requires social distancing everywhere.
They then got frustrated and resorted to vandalism and venting of their anger on everyone and everything in sight.
They remembered some elderly politicians like Ursula Owusu and John Kumah (the all die be die boys and girls) display vulgarity against sitting Presidents and getting positions in government and the babies with sharp teeth (Working with Rawlings refers) insulting the former President and, they decided to practice the stock in trade of some politicians and called the President an “old fool” (Bɛlɛ).
Some poured libation and heaped curses on the President (like we saw before the NPP 2020 primaries) and reminded the President that he is also writing his final year exams for a second term. Very unfortunate occurrences and I condemn them in no uncertain terms. But remember, “if you sow wind, you’ll definitely reap a whirlwind”
As the Director General of GES has reduced the powers of Headmasters/Headmistress and Directors of Education at the lower levels where they cannot take any disciplinary decisions, so is the punishment (harsh as seen by many, because it truncates their future) of the students also usurped by the President by reversing their decision to suspend these erring students from writing their exams 😩. Dog bite dog ……
Most people, including me, believe that, these students should not go unpunished, to serve as deterrent to other younger ones to nip some of these unscrupulous behaviours in the bud.
Know ye that the “Oga Kpatakpata” has a single motivation and until that is achieved, there would be nothing like “touching this anointed graduates and doing them any harm” until after December 7 Nana, the President, is making a fatherly call to these students saying “Bana amee wobana na sia” to wit one good turn deserves another whilst the students are also singing” medɔfo adada me o, ɔdɔ adada me o” meaning, ‘my lover has deceived me oh’😂.
Let cool heads prevail and lets remember there is a lot more of life to live beyond politics and let Ghana win in all our endeavors and decisions.