To teach children to avoid corruption and other forms of theft in their adulthood, the flag bearer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has said he will introduce civics and responsible citizenship as a non-examinable stand-alone subject in the basic and second-cycle education system if elected President this year.
“Apart from the moral teachings against corruption and theft in our churches and mosques, the awareness of our children about wrongdoing and irresponsible living must be inculcated in them through the school curriculum as they grow up and study.
“I’m informed that the study of responsible citizenship is contained somewhere in the social studies curriculum but I proposed that if by Allah’s grace I ever lead this nation, to introduce civic and responsible citizenship as a non-examinable stand-alone subject in our basic and second cycle educational system.”
“We have effective laws to fight corruption, I’ve been an MP [Member of Parliament] for 12 years and during my time in Parliament, we passed the Whistle Blowers Act; we passed the Financial Administration Regulations and recently the Freedom of Information Act has been passed. The Fiscal Responsibility Act has been passed but while laws are effective in the fight against corruption, the laws themselves cannot arrest corrupt people; they create a conducive environment for the fight against corruption. But what is needed most in the fight against corruption is the political will to let these laws work…without fear or favour,” he said.