- Former president Mahama stated that the Free SHS programme isn't mandatory
- He added that the present government should have consulted stakeholders before implementing the programme
- He again said that the challenges facing the programme would not cease until there is a comprehensive funding policy
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Former president, John Dramani Mahama, has hinted that the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy would be reversed when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) assumes office.
He explained that the reversal is a possibility as the policy isn’t mandatory.
According to him, the Nana Akufo-Addo – led government failed to implement the necessary precautions before implementing the programme.
The ex-president made these comments as part of his address delivered to members of the NDC at the Unity Walk held in Tarkwa in the Western region.
“Why should the government introduce free education now when the Constitution says it should be done progressively? In fact, it is not by force to introduce free SHS now,” he stated.
He went ahead to say the challenges associated with the programme may not cease anytime soon. This, he explained, that there was the need for a comprehensive funding strategy.
John Mahama further stated that the government should have organized a national stakeholders'conference on the policy.
This he explained, would give Ghanaians the opportunity to provide suggestions with respect to the implementation of the policy.
“But there was no consultation prior to the implementation of the policy. I want to advise the president that it is not too late”, he added.
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