- Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says the policy is part of President Akufo-Addo’s transformational agenda for the country
- Its impact, the vice president noted will be felt in another 10 to 15 years with Ghana becoming an educated nation
- The Free SHS policy was launched in 2017 as part of President Akufo-Addo’s campaign pledges in the run-up to the 2016 elections
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The vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has ranked the free Senior High School policy as President Akufo-Addo’s greatest achievement in his first term.
A major campaign promise by the then opposition leader, President Akufo-Addo, the policy was launched in 2017 after the NPP won the 2016 elections in Ghana.
It has ensured that hundreds of thousands of students are in secondary school. A little over 400,000 students were said to have benefited from the policy in its first year of implementation.
Speaking to Accra-based Asaase Radio on Sunday, November 29, 2020, the vice president bemoaned how the policy was strongly opposed by the NDC, placing over 40 adverts against it in the run-up to the 2016 elections.
Bawumia further stated that former president Mahama mocked the policy at every given opportunity.
“Notwithstanding all of these, to have that vision that it was doable, some people thought it could only be done in 20 years, where would we get the money to do it? All of these questions. But, Nana Akufo-Addo had a clear vision. He knew where he wanted to take this country and the free SHS is part of the transformation agenda which he had been able to achieve.
“I think it’s a remarkable achievement. It’s a legacy for this country and…I’m very proud of it. So, yes. Free SHS will be my number top achievement for this government in the first term,” the vice president added.
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Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama said the policy was started by him.
According to the former president, his administration started the policy in 2015.
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