Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah, says he is not interested in any stakeholders meeting with John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) concerning any review of the Free SHS programmme.
In a statement, the veteran author said he is fully aligned with the direction of the Free SHS under the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and will therefore not be a part of any process to “compromise” the policy.
Prof. Yankah’s statement comes following comments by former president Mahama, who said the NDC will review the Free SHS policy and “abolish the current shift (double track) system, reintroduce the more efficient three-terms per academic year programme, and bring back the emphasis on skills training, technical and vocational education to provide students with more options, as they go forward with their choices in diverse career and aptitude paths.”
Mahama added that “a National Stakeholders Conference will be organised to bring together headmasters, parents, teachers, educationists, labour, politicians, traditional leaders, religious groups, CSOs, students and others to further review and chart a sustainable course for the implementation of free education for our children and country.”
The ex-president is reported to have named Pro. Yankah as one of the stakeholders he will engage to review the Free SHS when the NDC returns to power in 020.
But reacting to Mahama’s comments, the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education said he is fully aligned with the current structure of the Free SHS and does not intend to be involved in any stockholders meeting that seeks to compromise the policy.
“Prof. Kwesi Yankah wishes to make it emphatically clear that as a Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, he has been an integral part of the development of the government’s Free SHS policy and is fully aligned with its direction under the leadership of President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo,” sections of the statement read.
It added: “In the very unlikely event of the NDC coming into office in January 2021, Prof. Yankah would therefore not be interested in being a part of any process that seeks to compromise the gains achieved by the Free SHS policy. He therefore wishes to advise Mr. Mahama to desist from drawing him into his campaign on education.”
But in a latest development, it has emerged John Mahama was not referring the Prof. Yankah, the minister. But was referring to NDC’s Professor Victor Yankah, who was present when the former president delivered his speech.
This has led to some NDC communicators chiding Professor Kwesi Yankah for thinking he was the person, John Mahama referred to.
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