The flag-bearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has sought to shift his position on Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS policy from his earlier stance as a result of the repercussive outcomes that await the NDC with the next elections looming large.
In his tour of the newly created Ahafo Region, at Bechem, to be precise, Mr Mahama said that he did not say that he will collapse Free SHS but said that he will stop the double-track system which is being implemented.
The General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, in an interview on JoyNews, disputed claims being made by members of the governing NPP to the effect that Mahama and his people have every intention of collapsing the Free SHS policy if given the opportunity.
Mr Asiedu Nketia has challenged members of the NPP to provide evidence pointing to these claims of the NDC desiring to scrap the Free SHS policy.
However, evidence gathered so far would point to the unimpeachable fact that former President Mahama and his NDC would not hesitate to retire Free S.H.S if they are given the mandate to rule Ghana again.
•Mahama, on November 23, 2012, told the people of Okere that ”Free S.H.S will collapse S.H.S education system”
•Mahama on October 1, 2018, reiterated his aversion to Free SHS saying that it would undergo a review and hinted of the possibility of the policy being scrapped.
•Mahama, on February 24, 2018, said that Free SHS’s implementation was rushed and it is constricting government’s budget, and, therefore, needs to have a review.
•Mahama at their Tarkwa unity walk had this to say ”It is unwise to implement Free SHS policy at all cost”
•Mahama in his Central regional tour on September 28, 2018, had this to say ”I would not have done Free SHS now”
•Mahama on November 25, 2017, said ”Lalasulala Free SHS will fail”
•Mahama on his presidential primaries tour said to Akufo-Addo ”Free SHS is not working”.
•Mahama in his presidential primaries tour quizzed, “If you have GHC2 billion to spend on education, would you spend on Free SHS?”
•Mahama-owned Herald newspaper on September 10, 2018, published the headline ”Akufo-Addo gets cooked Free SHS award”
•The then Minister of Education, Lee Ocran, on 10th September 2012 said ”Free SHS can only be possible in 2032, in 20 years time”
•Asiedu Nketia, on October 1, 2018, described Free SHS as shambolic and that it will have to be scrapped.
•NDC MP for Adaklu, Kwame Agbodza, on June 19, 2018, said ”Over concentration on Free SHS stifling funds meant for flood prevention”
•Elder Ofosu Ampofo on 18th December 2018 said ”Double track system causing teenage pregnancies”
•Alban Bagbin on 26th July 2018 said ”Free SHS is not sustainable”
•Adam Mutawakilu, NDC MP for Damango said ”Blame the mysterious deaths at KUMACA to overcrowding as a result of Free SHS”
•Felix Kwakye Ofosu on May 14, 2018, had this warning for the government ”You can’t use oil money to fund Free SHS”
•Mahama at UCC in 2016 said this ”The Free Senior High School by the NPP is a political gimmick”
• Mahama Ayariga, on September 26, 2016, said ”Choose Mahama’s education policy, it is better than Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS.
• Hajia Joyce Zeinabu, then National Women Organizer of the NDC in 2016, November 20, had this to say, ”Free SHS will breed teenage pregnancies”
•Joshua Akamba to Tempane SHS students ”Reject Akufo-Addo for implementing such a shambolic education system”
Besides these pronouncements, the NDC, in 2012, sponsored about 37 anti-Free SHS adverts aimed at telling the electorate that Free SHS was a very bad policy.
These pronouncements are meaty enough for Ghanaians to come to the conclusion that the NDC has every intention of scrapping the Free SHS policy and that their change of narrative is just pretentious.
Source: ABC NewsPaper