Former Deputy Education Minster, Alex Kyeremeh has debunked allegations that the oposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) plans to collapse the free Senior High School policy rolled out by the NPP government.
He says an NDC government has no such thoughts on its drawing board, but will rather improve it.
Speaking on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia programme, he explained that the NDC started the progressive free senior High School Policy and that they had plans to extend it even while in office.
“Unfortunately, we got kicked out of power. That does not mean that the NDC will collapse the free SHS programme . . .
“When elected into power in 2020, we are going to provide infrastructure to absorb more students into the free SHS policy. The NDC will not in any way collapse such a good policy,” he stated.
He maintained that Ghanaians will know more about how the NDC will go about improving the free SHS policy “when we launch the party’s manifesto for 2020 elections”.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has however stated that the best answer he will give critics of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy is the results of the first batch of students of the policy.
He confidently said the results of the pioneer students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would be positive, and that is when critics of the policy would know that the huge investment in the policy was worth it.
Addressing students of the Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIGBOSS) at Winkogo in the Talensi District yesterday as part of his two-day tour of the Upper East Region, the President emphasised that the “Free Senior High School policy has come to stay.”
“I am prepared to use the oil money to secure the future of our children through education and not to allow it to go into individual pockets and be misappropriated,” he stated.
He said education played a major role in the country’s development and was also key to the country’s future, hence it was “better that we spend the oil money on the country’s future”.
President Akufo-Addo further observed that some political opponents were still “dreaming that when they come to power they will scrap the Free SHS policy, but I want to emphasise that the policy has come to stay because they are living in a different world and Ghanaians at the end of the day will tell them that they were wrong in their perception”.
He said politicians must always endeavour to tell the truth to Ghanaians and not peddle falsehood.