For most Ghanaians, the situation in our secondary schools as regards the free Senior High School (SHS) gives more than enough reasons for them to be apprehensive about what the future holds.
The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) whose members hitherto have been whipped in line and silence bought, using transfer and other sanctions anytime they voice out their concerns about the free SHS policy, are beginning to speak, despite the intimidation.
Last month, the president of CHASS, Alhaji Yakubu Abubakar, told Ghanaians that the decision to postpone the reopening date for SHS 3 students by the Ghana Education Service (GES) was due to lack of furniture and other logistics to facilitate effective teaching and learning.
According to the Kumasi T.I Ahmadiayah Senior High School headmaster, their concerns prompted the education ministry to postpone the reopening date for final year SHS students.
"We are talking about the challenges of congestion in our classrooms and dormitories. It is true that through the government intervention of the emergency project we have had classrooms and dormitories provided by the government but the furniture and the beds that we need in those facilities have not been provided yet for many schools.
"And so we drew the management's attention that though these structures are there we need these things for them to be functional," Alhaji Abubakar said.
Many well-meaning Ghanaians are beginning to ask as to what happened to free universal compulsory education envisaged by the framers of the 1992 Constitution.
The only person in this country, who sees nothing wrong with what is happening and the fact moneys meant for the smooth running of SHS, is yet to be released is the minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum.
He has become a sycophant over night. Power is not meant for some people, and Dr. Adutwum falls into that category.
The minister speaking to Kwame Sefa Kai on Peace FM said, the Akufo-Addo led government has adequate funds to sustain the popular Free SHS programme.
According to him "a cheque of GH₵ 86 million last Friday was released to the National Food Buffer Stock Company to ensure all schools are stocked with food items". The story in the schools is different.
In the opinion of this newspaper, the development of a country usually suffers when it is saddled with the challenge of education. When a nation does not get it education right, everything falls apart.
As matters stand now, it is pertinent to remind the minister of Education of the urgency of now which implies that he should put on his patriotic hat and stop playing cheap politics. What is required at this moment is for the government to embrace all options and offers for help, especially the call by CHASS, since 2019 to review the free SHS policy.