Apaak Comments Over Crisis In Ghana’s Public Basic School

The Deputy Ranking Member on Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, has said that the public basic education is confronted with challenges.

According to him, parents do not know exactly when public basic schools will reopen whereas private basic schools reopened on Monday January 10, 2022.

“44,000 teachers out of 284,000 Basic school teachers left the teaching profession in 2021 alone. This is 15%, the highest in 20 years. Why did they walk away from the classroom, and how soon will they be replaced? he quizzed in a Facebook post on Monday.

He continued that, Capitation Grant is in arrears for Four Tranches (2 each for 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 academic years). And because of this, Heads borrowed in order to keep the schools running because that’s the only source of income to Basic schools. When will the arrears be paid?

The Deputy Ranking Member further alleged that there are no textbooks in the public basic schools two years after the implementation of the new Standards Based, yet they claim to be implementing a standard based curriculum?

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The Builsa South Member of Parliament (MP) therefore, called on the government and President Akufo-Addo to attend to these issues that need immediate attention.

“The immediate issues affecting secondary and tertiary education will also be highlighted in due time,” Dr Apaak added.

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