Democracy thrives within an environment where the rule of law is upheld and promoted. The essence of the rule of law in democratic governance is to ensure that society is governed within an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and freedom. This is how societies progress, and prepare a very fertile ground for the citizenry to live meaningfully and with dignity. Countries that promote and uphold the rule of law open up their gates to investors, especially foreign ones to contribute to her socioeconomic transformation. Although this country is not alien to violence or vandalism, we should do everything within our laws to ensure that those who elevate violence, cherish vandalism are dealt with by the laws of the land. In fact, it is high time we rose against acts that tarnish the image of the country. Let us apply the laws of our land to anyone whose behavior comes at variance to the law. Where the law reigns, indiscipline disappears or declines. We cannot continue to live at the mercy of the indiscipline few. Let the law rules, and impunity, indiscipline, lawlessness will bow to the delight of society.

The strength of a nation is anchored in the strength of her environment. We need to have a friendly and robust environment in order to have a meaningful existence. In Ghana, our environment is such that, the slightest dislocation brings with it very egregious consequences. This situation has worsened in these recent times, and it appears nothing significant is being done, in particular, to address the frequently occurring artificial disasters that affect us almost always. As humans, we cannot prevent natural disasters from happening; we cannot stop the rains, but we can put in interventions to prevent or minimize their impact upon their occurrence. This is what our leaders seem not to be doing, and as a result, leading to needless and preventable deaths and losses in the country. If we want to do something to avert these worrying occurrences in the country, it must be now or never. This is not the time for promises, neither is it the time for political rhetoric, but the time for action, the time to fix the challenges in our environment.

Every society or nation espouses education and its relevance in shaping the thinking of the people, improving upon their wellbeing and most importantly, making them functional in their environment. The objective of education is therefore to promote both personal and societal growth. Thus, any attempt by any government to ensure the development of education, more especially providing access for others—particularly the disadvantaged to benefit from education must be commended. That is why we entreat all well-meaning Ghanaians to put politics aside and commend the Akufo-Addo led administration for making the promised free senior high school a reality. The free senior high school policy (FSHSP) is a national policy that will benefit all regardless of ethnicity, religious affinity, and political affiliation.


This academic year, the government, under the able leadership of the President--Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the education minister—Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has implemented the free senior high school policy meant to improve access at the senior high schools, provide opportunity for the disadvantaged to obtain senior secondary school education, and to unearth or discover talents. There are so many students whose talents or gifts have, over the years, been buried as a result of their inability to continue their education after completing the junior high school. It is hoped that, with the implementation of this policy, the country will benefit from the knowledge, ability and unique skills of these students to make our nation better and stronger.     


As a result of the importance of this policy in benefitting students, parents, and the nation, we would like to encourage the citizenry to come on board to contribute ideas to make it work. At this stage of our development, we need ideas to make progress, solutions to our problems, and not deliberate attempts that maintain the status quo or draw us back. Questions that seek answers to make the policy work should be our singular and major preoccupation, and not reasons that will make us renege on this laudable policy intervention. For example, how do we ensure that the policy is sustained, which of our resources could be leveraged to support it, should there be a special levy, for example that targets pre-tertiary education, portion of which should be used to support the policy, how do we deal with the expected increase in enrolment in the coming years? This should be our attitude towards the policy: it is positive attitude that defines success and progress.


Finally, we would plead with the government to continue to think in novel ways and engage stakeholders in order to ensure the sustenance of this worthy policy by identifying and addressing any potential threat that can undermine or compromise its effectiveness, and opportunities that will ensure its success.




Dr. Kingsley Nyarko


(Executive Director)


Ghana has enjoyed a stable democracy since the advent of the Fourth Republic. While some countries in the sub-region are struggling to discover the relevance of democracy in nation building, Ghana, after setting the pace, has continued to practise it to the benefit of the citizenry. The example set by Ghana in championing democratic governance has made her enviable among the comity of nations. Ghana’s democratic track record continues to shine and light the path of countries seeking to adopt democracy as their system of government, and those seeking to deepen their democratic credentials.

One very essential element in a democracy is freedom of speech and expression—which allows people to express their opinions on governance and other related issues in society either directly or indirectly. It enables the citizenry to be part of the decision-making process in societies, thus making them indispensable in nation building. Any government that deliberately restricts her citizens from freely expressing their views, does so by depriving herself of the rich ideas of the people—which are needed to direct the government in meeting the needs, interests and aspirations of the people. That is why responsible leaders and governments always ensure that the voice of the masses is heard.

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