- John Mahama has assured Ghanaians that Free SHS is here to stay and cannot be reversed by any government
- According to the NDC flagbearer, a future NDC government will address the bottlenecks confronting the smooth implementation of the Free SHS
- Mahama’s comments follow President Akufo-Addo’s claims that a return of the NDC would mean a cancellation of the Free SHS policy
Former president John Dramani Mahama has clarified that he does not intend to scrap the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, rather insisting the policy is “here to stay”.
According to him, the Free SHS programme is underpinned and guaranteed by the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and therefore cannot be overturned by any government.
Mahama was speaking at the 27th Annual Residential Delegates Congress organised by the Ghana National Union of Technical University Students in Kumasi.
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He said the current conditions under the policy are not favourable to students and indicated his readiness to change things when the National Democratic Congress (NDC) returns to power.
"But all administrations, including this one (Akufo-Add government) and any future one has an obligation to make it a qualitative and enjoyable experience for our children.
“And I'm determined to make secondary education a beneficial learning experience more than the current miserable conditions our children are having to face under Nana Akufo-Addo's administration," he said.
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.
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Mahama said he will soon lay out details of his “blueprint for the education sector and experientially our plan for making the free SHS programme more sustainable.”
YEN earlier reported that four top appointtees of President Akufo-Addo are undermining the Ga Paramountcy under, Boni King Tackie Adama Latse II.
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