General News of Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Former Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen Adei
A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has questioned government’s commitment towards the quality of human resource material in the country.
Professor Stephen Adei said President Mahama’s promise of building 200 community day Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country is motivated by politics and not for the betterment of products.
“The emphasis in our political discourses is not the development of Ghana. In fact, the little development we see is only a byproduct ‘I must get this village to elect me so there I give them a borehole and electric pole if they will vote for me. Even if they build the school they don’t build so that the people will be educated. They build it to be the symbol of what I have done for,” he said.
Prof Adei was speaking to JOYNEWS on the sidelines of the graduation of Institute for Development and Technology Management in Cape Coast.
As the nation heads to the November 2016 polls, politicians have been tossing one policy after the other.
President Mahama just rounded up his “Accounting to the people” tour of the ten regions of the country where he appealed to the people to give him a second term to fulfill his many promises.
He also used the opportunity to commission some of the completed community day Senior High Schools.
Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has also been embarking on what he has termed “Arise for change” tour where he is promising to build one factory per every district in the country.
An outspoken educationist, Professor Adei said the challenge the nation is facing has nothing to do with promises but rather policy issues.
Touching on the “Accounting to the people” tour of President Mahama, he said the two months tour of the entire country was done in the interest of the country.
“In his two months visiting the whole country, villages, and towns, he [Mahama] never mentioned the quality of education, the products of junior secondary schools and senior schools,” he berated.
All President Mahama did, he said, was to remind the people that “these are the buildings we have put up for you,” so vote for us and we will add up.
He wondered why the average politician would want to do things for their parochial interest and not that of the country and its citizens.
He called on Ghanaians to be wide awake and break through some of these iron-built lies on-going in the country.