The Deputy Director for the National Service Secretariat, Madam Gifty Oware Aboagye has reacted to recent concerns raised by some university students prior to the push backs of issuing 2020-2021 National Service registration into full procession.
Speaking to Kwame Koranteng on Anɔpa Dawuro on Republic Fm, the Deputy Executive Director said it is imperative and required by law in the National Service Act 426, for every well-meaning student to have undergone a one year mandatory service after completing Tertiary education.
This year’s roll out should have been effected early August to September, making it accessible and easy for qualified applicants to begin the service by early October.
In a disturbing atmosphere, the NSS has failed to come out to tell the general public what has been hindering the scheme to roll out the registration process after several complaints by Tertiary students.
Responding to agitations by some students seeking to register for this year’s programme, Madam Gifty Oware Aboagye opined that the recent teacher union strikes [UTAG] has been the major contributing factor delaying NSS registration for year 2021/2022.
She noted that the scheme hasn’t been able to roll out the registration process, maintaining that, students must first complete their final tertiary exam before they can be allowed to register for service placement.
According her, the teacher union strikes pulled back the dates for students to sit for their final year examination, thereby also infringing on the accessibility by students to be registered.