Educationist, Nii Armah Addy has opined that recommendation for government to consider converting “Grade A” senior high schools into tertiary institutions is far-fetched.
Nii Armah Addy is of the firm belief that such as project is virtually impossible at the moment.
His reaction follows a suggestion by private legal practitioner and broadcaster, Lawyer Tweneboah Koduah that, considering the government’s Free SHS Programme, which has significantly increased SHS intake, it has become virtually impossible for the existing public universities to absorb all of the graduating SHS students, hence the need to create space using these “high-profiled” senior high schools.
But speaking exclusively to ABC News, Nii Armah Addy expressed his pessimism with such a recommendation citing a number of justifications.
“Moving the first grade senior high schools into university level, I don’t think that is feasible. I have not thought about in my reflections at all. I don’t consider that option,” the educationist opined.
Among a number of reasons, he noted that in a country where people consider old students’ tradition very critical, such a policy will meet severe resistance from old boys and girls groups. He added that such old students associations of these schools have become very powerful and can go all length to oppose such a policy.
Nii Armah explained that “people want to hold on their traditions. People want to hold on to the old school traditions to the extent to which even when government gives monies to all schools, old students will go in and contribute more. They become untouchable. There is an extent to which you can advocate certain policies but I can tell you clearly that it will not work. It won’t happen today.”
He however recommended that the government should rather channel its efforts into partnering with the private universities so that they can also absorb some of these SHS graduates. He therefore called for a broader consultation among all the various stakeholders to figure out out best these private institutions can come to the aid of the government as far as absorbing the excess students are concerned.
“A lot of private universities are operating under capacity. They have space but they don’t have the students. If they are well-positioned and everything is well laid out, then that becomes an opportunity for the government to also enroll some students,” he suggested.