- Spokesperson for former president John Mahama has told Nana Addo that the implementation of the Free SHS programme is not a guarantee for victory in 2020
- According to Joyce Bawah Mogtari, the Akufo-Addo led administration made a lot campaign promises they have not achieved and cannot rely on only the Free SHS policy for another four years or more
- Her comments come after President Akufo-Addo mocked the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) plan to scrap the Free SHS programme when it comes to power in 2020
President Akufo-Addo has been warned that the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy will not be enough to keep the NPP in power for the next four years.
According to Joyce Bawah Mogtari, a spokesperson of former president John Mahama, Nana Addo would be deceiving himself by having such a thought.
She said the Akufo-Addo government is still yet to achieve many of the promises it made to Ghanaians.
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“He made many promises about alleviating poverty, give them (Ghanaians) better roads, build more schools but none of these promises, so far, have been realized,” she told Accra-based Joy FM.
The Free SHS programme was one of the flagship campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2016 elections.
The policy was subsequently rolled out in September 2017, allowing students to enrol into public secondary schools without paying fees.
Although a lack of funds gave the programme a shaky start, there is no doubt that it has helped increase enrolment.
Mrs. Mogtari believes the Free SHS policy is just one campaign promise fulfilled and would not be enough to retain Akufo-Addo and the NPP in power.
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“Free SHS is a constitutional provision. It is enshrined in the constitution that we must ensure progressively free senior high school education.
“I do not think that is enough to keep the president in power even for the next four years, let alone 10 years,” she added.
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