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The Network for Assin Development, a community based organization (CBO) in the Assin enclave of the Central Region has strongly condemned the government’s poor approach to managing the double track education system in the country.
According to the group, the government through the Ministry of Education, before the introduction of the policy, promised to organize special classes for students on the second track who will be going to school in November in order to engage and prepare them ahead of their turn in the enrollment process, but according to them, this has not happened.
According to Samuel Kwame Adobah, the chairman for the Assin Network for Development, all the students who got the ‘golden’ spot are seen roaming about in the streets and corridors of the Assin area while others are have also been spotted as driver’s mates, Mason assistants, head potters, TV game center operators, scrap dealers, among others.
“Will these adolescents be willing to return to school in November when they are already making and spending money,?” he quizzed.
Samuel Adobah called on the government as a matter of urgency and priority, to organize special classes for the students-in-waiting as promised to shape and prepare them and also to safeguard their security.
In an interview with the press, Kwabena Boadi, a member of the association called on the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) , Parents Teacher Associations, churches, traditional authorities and other stakeholders to join hands in securing the future of these students, by monitoring and managing their movements while in the house to avoid being engaged in all forms of social vices and immoralities before their turn in the double track education system takes off.
“Some of these students are now moving to Accra and Kumasi to stay with people, others are into trading now, others are doing menial jobs, while others are moving to stay with people in the sefwi area of the western region to do Cocoa farming. What will be the future of these young ones if they never return to education again?” he lamented.
The Network which was formed two years ago by the youth and students of Assin who hail from the land, is missioned to partner and agent of progress and development and a strong mouth piece of Assin land in areas of health, education, agriculture, social services, philanthropy etc.
By Emmanuel Adu Gyamfi