Opinion: Does Ablakwa Know What a Qualitative Public Education Is? By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Mr Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa

I don’t know who a criminal scofflaw like Mr. Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa thinks he is fooling, when the former Mahama-appointed Deputy Minister of Education desperately and vacuously rails against the fast-approaching, all-too-progressive implementation of the Double-Track(ed) System component of the fee-free Senior High School (SHS) policy initiative, due to start next month. It is obvious that Mr. Ablakwa is scared stiff; he is deathly afraid that if this most progressive and inclusive policy initiative succeeds, his career in politics will be over. It is not that this Cash-and-Carry Trokosi Nationalist bigot cares about the lives of the very schoolchildren that he and his associates have been destroying, through the callous and systematic cultivation of massive illiteracy among the abjectly poor and destitute, for ages now.

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Let me repeat here for his own personal enlightenment and information, as well as that of his other equally self-serving associates and cronies among the leadership of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), that by December 2016, when the Mahama Posse was democratically removed from office, according to expert ranking by the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Ghana’s public school system ranked at the bottom-most position among some 146 countries around the world. In sum, what this simply means is that the quality of our public-school system could not get any worse than it is presently, even if the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) Administration decided to “recklessly experiment” with the lives and futures of SHS-age Ghanaian students. It is also outrageously mischievous for the Tongu-North, Volta Region, NDC-MP to smugly and absurdly claim that it was the 53 Community Day Secondary Schools, out of a projected 124, that were allegedly built during the four-and-half-year tenure of President John Dramani Mahama, that made feasible President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s implementation of the fee-free SHS policy initiative.

This wicked attempt by Mr. Ablakwa to take undue credit for his former boss, clearly indicates that the talkative and wet-eared NDC apparatchik is a deeply conflicted man desperately caught up in abject self-denial. In other words, Mr. Ablakwa clearly recognizes the fact that when it comes to the inclusive and progressive education of our youths, Nana Akufo-Addo is ages ahead of Mr. John Dramani Mahama. But Mr. Ablakwa finds it too difficult to acknowledge this fact because he is one of the cynics who have been pooh-poohing the efficacy of the fee-free SHS policy initiative. Mr. Ablakwa is also too dishonest to boldly look his Tongu-North constituents in the eye and tell them that building 53, out of a projected 124, Community Day Secondary Schools simply means that the Mahama regime operatives were epic failures who left at least 57-percent of all eligible SHS-age students out of the loop.

Put in simple English, the Social Darwinian leaders of the so-called National Democratic Congress were only able to put 43-percent of SHS-age students who qualified to attend in our classrooms. So what is the use and/or purpose of this junk-talk about 53 Community Day Secondary Schools? But, of course, the most logical question to ask Mr. Ablakwa here is this: If, indeed, it was the 53 Community Day Secondary Schools purportedly constructed by President Mahama that made it possible for President Akufo-Addo to implement his fee-free SHS policy initiative, why hadn’t Mr. Mahama seen the light and done the same? This jejune agitator-propagandist ought to have fully realized by now that most present-day Ghanaians are way too sophisticated to fall for such rhetorical bunk and scatology. Here in New York, such crappy talk is called “Solid Shit!” The Tongu-North’s parliamentary SOB had better find a more progressive and meaningful ways of putting himself in the media spotlight. As it stands, Mr. Ablakwa is only making a fleering fool and a laughing stock out of himself.

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