A member of the Communications team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Naziru Mohammed has advised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to scrutinize the Free Senior High School (SHS) Double Tracking system policy before he comes out to say he has been misled.
Naziru’s assertion comes on the back of the president’s decision to relieve Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko off his duty after He (Agyarko) allegedly misled the president into approving the new AMERI deal which had been rejected by Parliament by Executive Order.
Speaking on Happy FM’s Epa Hoa Daben show, Naziru said President Nana Addo should scrutinize the policy that has been proposed by the Education Minister, Dr. Mattew Opoku Prempeh, before it gives him the greatest humiliation he has ever experienced in his political life.
“Nana Addo should look into the Double Track system policy very well before he comes out to say he has been misled by the sector minister.”
He added that, the NDC is not predicting doom for the policy but they (NDC) want the government to avert foreseeable shortfalls.
“The NDC is not wishing for the down fall of the policy but if stakeholders are not engaged and its backfires, it will be the greatest disgrace he (Nana Addo) has ever come across in his political life.”
This did not go down well with Awal Mohammed, ruling New Patriotic party (NPP) communicator on the show and said the NDC as a political party has always wished doom for any social interventions polices introduced by the NPP.
“I’m not surprise, it has been the hallmark of the NDC to wish doom for our policies but all their plans will not manifest against this double track system policy.”
“Educating Ghanaians is a big threat to the NDC,” he revealed.
The Double-Track school calendar is an intervention that allows schools to accommodate more students within the same facility and is often motivated by its potential to improve overcrowding as well as to save costs relative to new school construction in the short term.
The Double-Track System, since it was announced in July 2018, has had its fair share of criticisms and recommendations from policymakers, opposition NDC party, and ordinary Ghanaians alike.
The popular criticism has however been the supposed inability of the government to consult all relevant stakeholders ahead of the adoption and drafting of the policy.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah