You can’t implement six-year secondary education without amending the constitution – Nortsu Kotoe reminds gov’t

Peter Nortsu-Kotoe

The intentions of the government to pilot a six-year secondary school program can only work if the constitution is amended, a Ranking Member of the Education Committee in Parliament, Peter Nortsu Kotoe has explained.

Ghana as it stands has three levels of education which are the basic, secondary and tertiary per dictates from the 1992 constitution.

The intention of the government to roll out the six-year secondary school education system by merging some junior high schools and senior high schools to be managed by one entity in 2023 was revealed by the Education Minster Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum. The government on the other hand has been advised by the Akatsi North Member of Parliament to take a second look and carefully think through this decision.

He reiterated that “The Minister, I am sure has forgotten about the levels of education in the constitution, and he cannot on his own without the amendment of the constitution change the system”.

Mr Kotoe’s response was in connection with the government’s ambition to create a six-year secondary education system as announced by the Minister in charge.

The Minister as well indicated that plans are underway to amend the pre-tertiary act to aid the process.

During the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), the minister revealed that plans are underway to reform the Junior High School system.


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