RECENT WASCE RESULTS MAKE NONSENSE OF JOY FM’S POOR QUALITY MANTRA ABOUT FREE SHS

RECENT WASCE RESULTS MAKE NONSENSE OF JOY FM’S POOR QUALITY MANTRA ABOUT FREE SHS

I struggle to figure out what is so anfractuous about Free SHS that some people fail to grasp and have made it a form of ritual to attempt to throw the pro-poor policy under the bus.

The more one mulls over it, the more it becomes increasingly confusing as to why Joy FM appears so preoccupied with Free SHS.

The Multimedia outfit continues to lead the onslaught against the policy by inviting people into its studios who only see challenges of the policy without any good outcomes.

To Kojo Yankson and Winston Amoah, there is not a glimmer of hope for Free SHS to thrive, hence, their continued anti-Free SHS sentiments.

Just yesterday, upon the invitation of Joy FM to its Super Morning Show, Dr Kwasi-Kumah, the PTA Chairman for Achimota School, told cohosts, Kojo Yankson and Winston Amoah that Free SHS has impacted adversely on the quality of education at the SHS level.

Dr. Kwasi-Kumah indicated that quality has so much been hit that government needs to change its strategy and to introduce new measures to help restore the so-called good quality that used to be the lot of our senior high school education.

He held the position that what government can do is to let parents who can pay, pay and then limit the free SHS to needy students only.

First of all, government has not restricted parents who have enough to spare to give some to schools to help in certain areas.

Moreover, those who have more than enough and find the quality of teaching and learning in public schools ‘compromised’ are at liberty to send their wards to the private senior high schools where they can get what they want.

More importantly, the quality of Free SHS can only be assessed when results flit in. It has been established that more students passed with better grades in the just released WASCE results by the first Free SHS graduates than when Free SHS was non-existent.

It stands to reason that these narratives about Free SHS having affected the quality of secondary school education are figments of the imaginations of those ferociously dissing the programme.

Putting it simply, the results of the WASCE make nonsense of what Kojo Yankson, his co-host, Winston Amoah and Dr. Kwasi-Kumah and their Joy FM outfit have been preaching.

The existence of Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS seems to give some people nightmarish dreams, for that is the only logical explanation for why some people are bent on tanking this programme.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.