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The Senior High School in Ghana duration debate - 3 or 4 years?

Posted by abocco on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 03:03 GhanaThink Managing Executive

Blog culled from Mighty African's blog

I am a very proud Odadee. My alma mater, Presec and its current and old students, have given me reason to. When I was in Ghana earlier in this year, I visited Presec to see what was new. A lot has changed since I left Presec more than 8 years ago. My favorite teacher, Mrs. Akyeampong has retired, there's been a new headmaster, the bursar who refused to give us funds to publish the school magazine embezzled money and got sacked, the buildings have been painted, we've won 4 National Science and Maths quizzes and the name has been changed from Presby Boys' Secondary School to Presby Boys' Senior High School. Presecans were going to stay in 'blue magic' for 4 years. But in the 'politics democrazy' country that is Ghana, anything can happen. Senior High School is now 3 years again and as a result, senior secondary or senior high school students will not write the WASSCE this year. Crazy eh? There's been a big debate about the number of years senior high school should be. Let's study some of the arguments for and against, debate style.


P1 (Class 1) - Making sure everybody goes to school

Posted by abocco on Fri, 09/01/2006 - 15:00 GhanaThink Managing Executive

...Sounds on da ground and seens on the see-ins

It's that time of year again; first-year students are thronging the campuses of Tech (KNUST), Legon, UCC, etc while last-year senior secondary students have just completed their SSCE exams. Inevitably, some students would fail to make the cut to enter the tertiary institutions and this realisation hit me when I was listening to Okomfo Kwaadee's 'P1', a song on his latest album, 'Nsem pii'. P1 stands for 'primary 1' or the very first year in elementary school. Take a moment to think about the number of youth in Ghana who will be unable to go to school because they are unable to pay. And picture what the idle minds and hands are doing with their time.