The Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr Clement Abas Apaak, has urged the Government, especially the Education Ministry to go back and adopt the cut-off point system.
That, he said would address the issue of non-performing schools.
Mr Apaak’s comment follows threats by the Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum to close down non-performing schools.
The Education Minister said non-performing schools would be closed down while affected students are distributed to nearby schools in order to continue their education.
He said this when he addressed members of the Conference of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Kumasi on Saturday, March 11.
According to him, the closure of non-performing schools will save the country from huge financial losses incurred by the government as a result of running the schools.
He, therefore, called on the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) and Principals of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions to improve their educational results or shut down.
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Speaking on Atinka TV’s morning show, Ghana Nie with Ama Gyenfa Ofosu Darkwah, Mr Apaak attributed the problem to policies and financial challenges
He raised concerns that the Government’s policy that the students at the basic should not be repeated even if they do not perform and the fact that schools must admit students with aggregate 50 was also a factor.
“The Decision to close down schools is not the right one; what they need to do is to change policy. Why are you saying that the secondary schools must admit students with aggregate 50? We should go back to the time where there was a cut-off,” he said.
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