- The Minority leader in Parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, has jabbed government over free SHS.
- According to him toilet facilities are being converted into classroom blocks to house students.
- He says it is unfortunate that the NPP government is sacrificing quality education to political gains.
The Minority in Parliament, has registered their displeasure at how the government, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is handling Ghana’s senior high school education.
This was made known by the Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu on Tuesday.
He is also the Member of Parliament for Tamale South in the Northern Region.
According to him, the failures that have bedevilled the free SHS policy are insurmountable.
He mentioned the lack of structures – classroom blocks, dormitories and furniture– as some of the challenges.
This situation, according to him, is worrying.
According to him, the challenges that are facing basic school education in Ghana have not been addressed fully, yet.
Therefore, he expressed doubts about the success of the free SHS policy.
Haruna Iddrisu also touched on feeding in the senior high schools, saying that has become a matter of serious concern.
According to him, students are being fed poorly for lack of funds to provide good quality food.
With the foregoing, Haruna Iddrisu stated that the government is very well aware of the fact that the policy cannot be attained now.
However, decided to embark on it (the free SHS policy) for political favour.
The former Minister for Employment and Labour Relations under former President John Mahama, however stated that free SHS is a good social and political agenda.
He added that the policy can also seriously go bad when not managed properly, as is the case now.
The Minority Leader further lamented over the huge funding involved in the free SHS policy.
“With the budget brought to us by the government, a minimum of one billion cedis is needed every year to fund free SHS.”
This, he said, is going to increase the financial burdens of the country.
Meanwhile President Akufo Addo admitted quite recently that his government is aware of the challenges the free SHS policy is encountering.
He assured that those challenges will be addressed with all urgency.
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