Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana and Secretary General of the Africa Research Universities Alliance has opposed calls for the elimination of the boarding school system in Senior High Schools (SHS).
The renewed debate on abolishing boarding schools emerged following a viral video showing a final-year student assaulting another student at Adisadel College.
The Office of the Attorney General has taken the incident to court, prompting discussions about the state of law and order in schools.
Education analysts proposing the scrapping of boarding schools argue that this move might help curb student indiscipline. However, Prof. Aryeetey has a different perspective on the matter.
In an interview, he stated, “The way to deal with the problem of today will not be to scrap the boarding school system… Boarding schools should be available to those who want and are willing to invest in them. Scrapping boarding schools because the state cannot afford them cannot be the answer.”
Prof. Aryeetey acknowledged the challenges and expenses associated with managing boarding schools but believes that abolishing them is not a solution.
He suggested that boarding schools could be accessible to those who can afford it, and others could make use of day schools.
To address disciplinary issues in SHSs, Prof. Aryeetey urged the Ghana Education Service to empower school boards with the authority to take disciplinary actions.
He noted, “My worry is that those who are better positioned to deal with it at our schools have been restrained by the rules and practices of the Ghana Education Service.”