A government of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) would initiate an Accelerated Education Sector Investment Programme (AESIP) as a policy to transform the country’s educational system.
With the AESIP policy, providing educational facilities starts from the kindergarten to the tertiary level and would be expanded to meet the needs of a growing population and modernised society.
This was stated in its Election 2016 policy document which was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
“All vocational and technical schools will be adequately resourced under the AESIP. Facilities at all tertiary institutions will be expanded and improved under AESIP to world-class levels in order to gain a greater share of the international education market,” the CPP stated.
The analysis is part of the GNA’s project, “GNA Tracks Election 2016,” which seeks to sensitise the electorate to the various issues raised by political parties, elections management body and other governance institutions.
The project also seeks to ensure gender and social inclusion in national politics and to provide a voice for the youth, vulnerable groups, opinion leaders and the broader spectrum of society, as well as contribute its quota to the achievement of a peaceful poll on December 7.
Another objective of the project is to create a platform to dissect the manifestoes of all political parties and provide in-depth analysis of each thematic area to the electorate to enable them to make informed judgement.
The CPP said if elected to form the next government, it would significantly reduce income taxes for teachers and health personnel, in addition to other incentives for those who work in rural areas and places designated as deprived.
It would continue to ensure that teachers are paid well and that those who need training receive it through every available and affordable means, including distance learning.
A CPP Government would use tax incentives for the private sector, especially financial institutions, to build school infrastructure in particular areas of the country and lease that infrastructure to the state for a specified period, after which they become state property.
It would improve the working conditions of teachers, including timely payment of salaries for new and current teachers and institute attractive home-ownership packages.