The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has blamed the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government for lowering the standards of education in the country.
The opposition party in a statement said the manifestations of the widespread indiscipline seen in some SHSs is as a result of the current administration indulging the current final year students of Senior High Schools in “political campaign activities”.
It said, “Notwithstanding these, the recent behaviours of our youth in schools could be laid at the doorsteps of the current administration for supervising falling standards of education in the country. We should understand that Free SHS is not a replacement for quality education where students are expected to learn social virtues that border on morality and courtesies.”
“Various government actors are using the schools for political activities and influencing students to be involved in political campaign activities. More worrying is the use of Free SHS as a tool for complacency in the development of the child where government has assumed the responsibility of providing students with past questions instead of allowing instructors in our schools to prepare them properly,” the statement added.
This comes on the heels of pockets of disturbances in some second cycle institutions where candidates of the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) attacked invigilators who ensured strict supervision at the exam centres.
There has been chorus of condemnation against the incidents with some persons demanding that the perpetrators be punished.
The opposition PPP has thus implored on stakeholders to seek appropriate mechanisms to address the current challenges facing the standard of education in schools through consultation and dialogue in order to protect students from politicians who desperately want political power at the detriment of the future of these students.