The immediate past Vice president of Ghana, Mr Amissah Arthur has questioned what jobs offers the Akufo Addo led-government has for the 90,000 students who the President announced gained admission into Senior High Schools this year, when they graduate in two years.
According to H.E Amissah-Arthur, though this is good news, in two years’ time 90 thousand people are going to come out of SHS hence the need for government to have plans for the teeming number of students who’ll graduate.
The former Vice President who was also the head of the Economic Management Team in the previous administration said the former Mahama government was committed towards fiscal prudence, as it started with the withdrawal of nursing and teachers training allowances in order to expand access to education in a non-conventional way.
“The NDC was chastised by the opposition then, so now the teacher trainees are going to school and they are getting their allowances, but the numbers have been limited. For a lot of people is it better to have access and to pay for loans or to be given some free allowance and for the numbers to be limited. To a large extent some people now don’t have any possibilities at all, so they are home.
A fiscally prudent government will be able to say to the people that look I have a difficulty bear with us as we try to expand access to education. That is what the NDC did. And so the jobs part has not been addressed for the free SHS graduates to be, but the pipe is being filled with large numbers of people. And in two years they will be frustrated and angry because there are no possibilities for them.
That is why, the former Veep thinks that government should have plans before implementing the Free SHS which has not been done.
He hoped that the government can retrace its steps and say “we’re putting the cart before the horse, let’s plan properly now before they graduate and so we know what to do.
The former Vice President said “We have a free SHS that has not changed the curriculum, the president talks about curriculum, you develop the curriculum before you put the student in there, so a lot of students are going to school doing the same thing that they did ten, five years ago. And we expecting better results from them, this he said is not good enough for us.
He said, as a citizen of this country, he wishes President Akufo Addo well but from the way he sees things,it looks to him it’s going to be a very difficult task to get people to mobilize themselves to help the government to achieve its targets.
“As if there’s no problem. In his inaugural address he said we should be citizens and not spectators, now he’s making us into spectators is that what he promised us. Mr Amissah-Arthur stated.