Former President John Dramani Mahama has restated his commitment to ensure that Ghanaians benefit from a well thought through implementation of free education “that is sustainable and does not compromise quality.”

In a Facebook post on Monday on the implementation of Free SHS in Ghana, which is currently bedevilled with many challenges, Mr. Mahama was emphatic that he will abolish the ongoing experiment with what government calls a double track system, under which half the number of qualified students will remain at home until the other half come on holidays.

According to him, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will “reintroduce the more efficient three-terms per academic year programme, and bring back the emphasis on skills training, technical and vocational education to provide students with more options, as they go forward with their choices in diverse career and aptitude paths.”

Mr. Mahama who is expected in Tamale on Tuesday is campaigning to lead the opposition NDC to the 2020 presidential elections.

Read Mr. Mahama’s Facebook post below:

Education is key to our country’s development.
Free education is a public good, as was demonstrated by my administration. FREE EDUCATION MUST BE implemented in a manner that is sustainable and does not compromise quality.

A new NDC Government will improve the Free SHS programme and make it better. 

We will abolish the current shift (double track) system, reintroduce the more efficient three-terms per academic year programme, and bring back the emphasis on skills training, technical and vocational education to provide students with more options, as they go forward with their choices in diverse career and aptitude paths.

NDC will improve learning outcomes, teaching, teacher development and supervision across all schools.

We will also implement a crash programme to complete all the remaining abandoned Community Day Schools and construct additional ones in areas of high demand to be able to provide increased access and avoid the current congestion being experienced due to the current poor implementation of the programme.

In addition, a National Stakeholders Conference will be organised to bring together headmasters, parents, teachers, educationists, labour, politicians, traditional leaders, religious groups, CSOs, students and others to further review and chart a sustainable course for the implementation of free education for our children and country.