Over the years the Progressive People’s Party has consistently called on successive governments to scrap the BECE. These passionate calls have always fallen on deaf ears. We want again to reiterate our position that, the only way we can harness the full potential of our human resources is through free compulsory education of our children from Kindergarten to the Senior High School levels.
We cannot continue to deny our children the right to education.This basic right is enshrined in our own constitution to wit: Chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution on Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms, Clause 25 (1) states: (a) that basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all, (b) that secondary education in its different forms, including technical and vocational, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means and, in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education.
It has now been reported, and we have learnt with heavy hearts, that this year alone and by the Computer School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS), over 36,000 students have missed the cut off point for Senior High School. Furthermore over 1200 students are also yet to know their fate owing to suspicions in regard to examination malpractices. Where do we expect these students to go and/or what do we expect them to do?
No Ghanaian child of school-going age should be sent home for lack of school fees, books or for examination matters. Indeed within the school compounds, Government should as a policy build a complement of stationery depots, playgrounds, libraries, laboratories and accommodation for staff; all things that make for a complete, wholesome, and all-rounded educational and basic training and extra-curricular needs.
As Ghanaians we must stand up and speak up for these young innocent voiceless pupils. Failure to do this means the whole nation will have failed in our duty towards the next generation of leaders.
The current leaders of our country, many of who enjoyed the free education that has enabled them to attain their current heights within Society cannot, in any good conscience, bequeath to our children an educational system that is inherently lacking, inferior and deficient.