At a news conference in Accra, Mr Benjamin Alpha Aidoo, Communications Team member for the Group catalogued a number of areas in the educational sector that the opposition party had erred and demanded that students do not entrust their futures into his hands.
Key amongst the issues raised was the opposition’s party recent comment on the conversion of polytechnics to technical universities; something that the group describes as crass ignorance of the process.
He explained the issue by highlighting the mechanisms involved in the conversion process while indicating that it is the vision of the President to convert all the polytechnics to technical universities in due time.
He said government’s decision to cancel allowances at the Colleges of Education by explaining has led to a surge in enrollment and an increased provision of infrastructure.
Mr Alpha Aidoo said the NPP’s policy of restoring Teacher trainee allowance would stall progress made in closing the teacher-student deficit by bringing back the quota system of admission in Colleges of Education.
He said education must remain a pivotal driving force “for our developmental agenda as a country hence as a developing country, it must occupy a strategic place within our national policy discussions”.
“Students who are the major stakeholders of this sector must play a key role in these discussions, We must subject the vision and policy direction of our leaders and those who seek our mandate to lead to critical and thoughtful analysis especially as we go the polls in November this year’’, he said .
The Students For Mahama group is an independent mass movement of students from various levels rallying support for the second term bid of President John Dramani Mahama.