Former President John Dramani Mahama has criticized the government for what he calls unnecessary gagging of teachers in the educational sector.
He said the practice has scared most stakeholders from commenting on national educational policies.
Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) on Wednesday, the New Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer said the current challenges of the Free SHS are as a result of government’s refusal to consult stakeholders.
“We need to reform [the educational sector] in order to improve the outcomes that we get from the educations service, but in doing those reforms, you must carry everyone with you. Right now, there’s a certain tyranny in the system. If as a headteacher you open your mouth and talk, you’ll be dismissed without going through due process. Everybody is quiet because everyone is afraid to talk. And so the government is just going ahead implementing and bulldozing its way through. One question you ask yourself is what is the quality of those children that are going to come out?” he questioned.
The meeting is part of a series of engagements by the opposition NDC to gather ideas for the party’s 2020 manifesto dubbed ‘The People’s Manifesto’.