In a recent address, former President Mahama has reaffirmed his commitment to reevaluate the current free Senior High School (SHS) program, citing pressing implementation challenges that demand swift resolution. Speaking at a town hall meeting with representatives of labor unions at the Great Hall of the KNUST in Kumasi, Mahama highlighted the strain on teachers caused by the policy.
According to Mahama, the previous trimester system allowed teachers breaks for marking papers, rest, and curriculum planning before each term. However, under the current system, teachers face continuous demands without adequate breaks.
He expressed concern, stating, ‘Now the teachers have no break when these ones are coming, these ones are going, now it’s ‘basaaaa’. You don’t know who goes where and who goes where.’
Mahama emphasized his intention to engage stakeholders, including teachers, headmasters, parents, educational experts, and the Ghana Education Service (GES), in a comprehensive review of the policy. He clarified that the goal is not cancellation but collaborative problem-solving.
Acknowledging the fear of repercussions for speaking out, Mahama urged stakeholders to voice their concerns, assuring them of a ‘new Independence Day for teachers’ after January 7th.
Mahama concluded, ‘After 7th January, the headmaster we couldn’t call to come here and speak, he will be freed, his chain would have been removed, and you will hear the things they will say. For now, hold your peace, I know if you talk, they will transfer you to Bunkpurugu, Bole, or somewhere.’ The former president’s commitment to addressing the challenges faced by educators has set the stage for potential reforms in the education sector.”