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Critical News, 18th October, 2010

Posted by Business in Ghana on October 18, 2010

By Sydney Casely-Hayford, Sydney@bizghana.com

I took a break to re-group.  I have been back home now for a year this December and I wonder whether we can really change Ghana.  The politicians are our worst nightmare.  Then last week, Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa started to describe he and others in the Mills Government as “the political elite”.  This is at the time when school re-opening has become a complete mess.  If you have followed the news closely, you know that the NDC Government decided to revert to a 3-year term for the SHS period after the NPP had changed it to 4 years during their term.  Wonder Madilo writes a very good piece on this.  But what has happened this past week is just appalling.  First year students have no beds to sleep on, no desks, no chairs.  Government promised with gusto that they would have everything in place before the school term starts.  Now the Ghana Education Service has advised the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) to charge a Ghc100-300 fee for all new admissions and convert other facilities to dormitories while the government gets its act together.  But I heard all the advice for the dos and don’ts of 3-year to 4-year as far back as March this year.  Much ado was made about previous decisions by the NPP government and in the end it all came down to a manifesto decision by the NDC and therefore they changed the law.  Now we have a major mess on our hands.  Sorry! The NDC has a major mess on its hands.  This should be a political game-changing event.  If the NDC comes out of this and wins in 2012 we have to do a lot of analysing. Read the rest of this entry »

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