A Professor of History and Africana Studies Edmund Abakah has taken the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to task for politicizing and micro-managing education in the country.
Prof. Abakah was commenting on highly condemned verbal attacks on President Akufo-Addo by some Senior High School students captured in videos that have gone viral on social media.
The students accused the President of misleading them into focusing on past questions given them by the government only to be disappointed in the examination hall.
Prof. Edmund Abakah said though the actions of the students were condemnable, government cannot be absolved of blame.
He said the procurement of past questions for the students by the government was a historic decision that was a manifestation of the Nana Akufo-Addo administration’s interference in education.
Prof. Edmund Abakah believes such interferences were due to the government’s belief that its second term bid was largely dependent on the success or otherwise of the free SHS.
He said the current state of affairs is as result of the micromanagement of the education sector because of the free SHS policy.
The History Professor said comments from the President, his minister of education and some bigwigs of the NPP may have reinforced the faith of the students in these past questions hence their anger when their faith did not yield fruit in the examination hall.
Prof. Abakah wondered if the students had received some assurances that the past questions supplied by the government were going to feature in the WASSCE.
The History Professor said the development should serve as wake up call to the government to cease its interference in matters of education.
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