- John Mahama says the NDC started the Free SHS programme
- He has reiterated that the NDC will not abolish the Free SHS but rather make it better
- According to him, the current state of the Free SHS is problematic
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Ghana’s Free SHS education policy is arguably the biggest government intervention for citizens in the 4th republic.
The Free SHS policy was introduced in September 2017 when the New Patriotic Party (NPP) came into office.
It was the then-candidate Nana Akufo-Addo’s flagship promise to Ghanaians. So shortly after he won the 2016 elections, it was implemented.
It has since become an essential part of Ghana’’s educational system.
The policy is supposed to provide all Ghanaians at the senior high school level access to equality and equity.
For the last three years, the Free SHS programme has been ongoing in Ghana, but it hasn’t been without criticism from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The NDC says the programme lacks adequate planning, hence will adversely impact the intake of students into the tertiary institutions.
The NDC’s flagbearer for the 2020 presidential elections, John Dramani Mahama has said when he comes into power he will ensure the Free SHS programme is properly implemented.
Mahama, who is touring the Volta Region, told a gathering of chiefs and traditional leaders that the NDC started the Free SHS programme before it left office.
Addressing the chiefs and people of Sogakpe in the South Tongu constituency, as part of his four-day tour of the Volta Region, the former president expressed concern that the NPP government’s poor implementation of the Free SHS led to the chaos and violence in this year’s WASSCE.
He has also accused the incumbent administration of corruption, adding that the NDC will continue and complete all abandoned projects with a focus on job-creation if voted back into power in the December 7 polls.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday, August 16, 2020, gave Ghanaians an update on the deadly pandemic, Coronavirus.
It was the President’s 15th COVID-19 address to the nation.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghana is now in a position to test every single passenger that arrives in the country to avoid the spread of the virus.
"Ghana's air borders may be reopened in September 2020"- Akufo-Addo | #Yencomgh
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