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Mathew Opoku Prempeh
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Parents of students who fall under the Green Track of the Free Senior High School policy (FSHS) should not expect any form of vacation classes for their wards.

This is because recent statements by officials of the both the FSHS Secretariat and the Ghana Education Service (GES) suggest that, government will not organise vacation classes for students on holidays.

Parents with wards on the green track had high hopes that their children would be occupied during their two months’ vacation which began about a week ago, but the Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the policy, Jose Bertha Gyan-Kwakye, says “vacation is vacation.”

“The children cannot learn from books all year round. So, if the students are on vacation, then they are on vacation,” she said.

She suggested that children on vacation should be engaged in other productive ventures other than formal education.

Failed Promise

Submissions by FSHS and GES officials have prompted many to wonder whether or not government must be taken seriously when they make pledges to the people.

It would be recalled that in August this year, the Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said amongst other things that the double track system was going to come with an ‘extra topping’―vacation classes.

He indicated that aside providing GH¢50 per head to every student for extra tuition, government will provide centres in the districts for students to engage with teachers for extra academic interventions.
Source: The Publisher

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