Minister for Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has revealed that some NPP bigwigs expressed pessimism about the government’s flagship Free SHS policy and therefore opposed the implementation of the policy.
According to the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South in the Ashanti Region, some of the senior officials of the NPP government were not convinced about the feasibility and sustainability of the initiative and therefore called on the president to abandon the initiative.
Speaking in an interview on Kumasi based Angel FM, he indicated that the NPP “pessimists” of the initiative, on the basis of their pessimism, counselled President Akufo-Addo to abandon the programme and apologize to Ghanaians.
“My own party members, in fact high ranking members doubted the Free SHS implementation and asked the government to cancel and apologize to Ghanaians for our inability to fulfill the promise for which we were voted,” Napo revealed.
He added that “it is too big a project to implement, let’s explain to Ghanaians, call it off and move on, we can’t sustain it…but we stood our grounds.”
He further revealed that certain elements within the NPP out of sheer hatred for him doubted his capabilities to handle the Education Ministry.
“I’m not surprised if the National Democratic Congress condemns the policy, because my party members even said I couldn’t handle the Ministry. Why hand over such a big ministry to a young man? Napo cannot handle such a position. All because they dislike me, but here we are today showering praises on the policy,” the outspoken legislator said in the radio interview.
The Free SHS (Free Senior High School) policy is a Government of Ghana initiative introduced by President Nana Akuffo-Addo in September 2017.
The policy had been a major campaign promise prior to the election of President Akufo-Addo in 2016.