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Akufo-Addo’s cousin upsets NPP executives

Credible report reaching Asempanews.com indicates that members of the National Executive Committee of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) are irked by the finance minister’s assertion on the free Senior High School policy.

Ken Ofori-Atta is reported to have said that following the numerous challenges that has bedeviled the Free SHS policy, government must withdraw from making it free for all and allow wealthy parents and guardians who can afford to fully fund the education of their children.

“True, it may be that there have to be changes in the way we are administering it. I can’t take my child to Achimota or Odorgono and leave him or her there and drive away and not pay for anything while I can pay for ten people.

“We need to begin to get the data to then be discriminatory in how and who pays and who doesn’t pay,” Mr. Ofori Atta is quoted as saying.

Since the minister’s statement, which has been hailed by neutrals on the political landscape, ardent followers of the NPP, have harshly criticize the president’s cousin describing it as “political immaturity”.

Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, when he was cornered by reporters on the subject yesterday took Ofori Atta to the cleaners, saying “he has no locus to speak on the matter”.

Dr Hamid’s abrasive response, Asempanews.com gathered, surprised reporters who were present at the briefing, as the minister usually take moderate stance on issues of such nature.

He minced no words by urging the public to completely ignore the finance minister’s views on the policy as it has not come up for discussion in government circles.

“The Finance Minister’s opinion does not stand in the face of the president’s vision. It’s not going to happen. The Finance minister doesn’t have a locus. His opinion is dead…it is not even in his bosom to bring an educational matter to cabinet.

“It is only the education minister who can, so he can only go and lobby the education minister to come to parliament and there is no cabinet decision that must go contrary to the NPP manifesto, finished,” the information minister stressed.

That notwithstanding, snippets of information gathered from the corridors of power indicate that, some executive members have formally called on the presidency to “call Ofori Atta to order” as such pronouncements jeopardizes the party’s electoral fortunes.

The aggrieved members are of the opinion that such public utterances create difficulties for the party’s communication team in their quest to defend government policies and programmes.

“Some NEC members are not enthused about the development at all. Though he (Ofori Atta) was sharing his personal opinion, considering his position in government it might be misconstrued by certain individuals and our opponents will ride on that to criticize the party,” our source said in telephone conversation with Asempanews.com.

Double track system

The double year-round system divides the entire student body and staff into two different tracks. So while one track is in school, the other is on vacation.

The rotation sequence will depend on the year-round calendar being used. In Ghana, the school calendar starts from September and ends in April with three different terms. The first term is from September to December, the second term starts in January and ends in April while the third term is from April/May to July.

Furthermore, every semester will be 80 days for the two tracks. For one semester, every track will be in school for 40 days then go for a break for 40 days. Teacher motivation has been increased from 20 hours for the year to 70 hours for the year. Teachers will be increased so every group goes on break with the track they teach.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) wants the government to proceed with caution by consulting stakeholders in education.

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