-Dr. Bawumia has mocked the naysayers of the NPP’s Free SHS which took off this month
-The Opposition NDC was noted to have rubbished the policy
-The Free SHS is going to take care of charges including admission, examination, library and science laboratory fees
The Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has indicated that the Free SHS had been realized and it was going to last despite claims from the opposition that it was a political gimmick.
In a Facebook post, the vice president thanked God for making the flagship campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party a reality. He went on to throw some jabs at the opposition for calling the SHS program as outlined by the ruling government as a hoax.
He also expressed his appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his ‘vision and fortitude’ to see to it that the campaign promise was brought into fruition for all to see.
Prior to the commencemet of the flagship policy, many members of the opposition including former education ministers in the NDC administrations raised red flags and indicated that the policy was not feasible enough to be implemented.
Some opposition members were of the view that the policy was going to be too expensive for the state therefore it should not be considered.
Despite all these concerns raised by the opposition, the government has gone on ahead to roll out the policy and have assured that all schools would receive the necessary support to sustain the program.
The Free SHS policy was first introduced by then candidate Akufo-Addo in the 2012 election which he lost to then president John Mahama. Akufo-Addo came back strong with the policy in the 2016 elections having promised to ensure that free education was extended to the Senior High School level.
After gaining power from the NDC, the ruling NPP started putting measures in place to roll out the policy in September and it has successfully been done as JHS graduates have started reporting to the SHSs in which they were placed.
Yesterday, musician Mzbel sang the praises of the president for the initiative and wished him well on his next objective.
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