Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, has admitted that the free Senior High School (SHS) policy that President Nana Akufo-Addo plans to implement is feasible.
Speaking on Accra-based Starr FM on Monday, Ablakwa said of the policy: “It is doable if we can find the resources.”
His remark marks a change in tune for the former deputy education minister who alongside other members of the National Democratic Congress was a leading voice of opposition to the policy, which he said was unfeasible ahead of the 2012 elections.
Ablakwa told the radio station that free SHS could be implemented successfully if the country could afford it.
"It is about finding the resources and that is why I was hazarding a guess that perhaps they want to make substantial savings on the construction of these new secondary schools and then channel those savings into this progressively free programme,” he said.
He added, however, that focus on free SHS without ensuring that the quality of education at that level is maintained would spark doom for the nation.