Hon. Franklin Cudjoe has yet again aired his view on the current transition occurring in our educational sector.
Franklin Cudjoe writes;
.”On the issue of free education, It may be that there has to be changes about the way we are administering it. I can’t take my child to Achimota School or Odorgono and leave him or her there and don’t pay anything when I can pay for 10 people. I think we need to have the data and begin to discriminate on the FREE SHS and allow those who can afford to pay. I think it is time to open up about the policy and take on board suggestions on how to improve it.”
– Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance on Citi TV’s Point of View Programme yesterday.
Me: The data projections were made by IMANI way back in 2012. We even had breakfast with then candidate Nana Addo at his invitation, together with his current Chief of Staff,her PA Saratu Atta and a former chief director at education ministry to explain IMANI’s core position on Free SHS. We engaged Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko postitively and extensively too. Gabby had to ensure his parry communicators understood the issues that well. I tasked Kofi Bentil our snr. Vice President to see to the full analysis with Bright Simons and Selorm Branttie crunching numbers. We assured Nana Addo that we would adduce data and analysis to shape the policy but we stood by ‘means testing’ and discriminating against those who can pay. But somehow, we think the education authorities turned a blind eye and then the political foot soldiers heaped insults on us. In any case, this may just be the difference between slogans and pragmatism. The Finance Minister is being pragmatic. Eventually vindicating IMANI’s long held position. I hope the Education Ministry is listening.
Chief Editor: Seth Nana Poku