Free SHS: Apologize for ‘snubbing’ continuing students – Minority

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government should be apologizing to Ghanaians for its inability to fully implement the free secondary education policy as promised over the years, the Minority in Parliament has stated.

The Minority, at a press conference on Monday, said: “if the NPP had any modicum of respect for the good people of Ghana, they should at the very least be apologizing to Ghanaian for their inability to fulfill the promise for which they were voted.”

“The continued claim by President Akufo-Addo and his acolytes that they have fulfilled their Universal Free SHS for all promise is simply hypocritical,” the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, addressing the press, said.

As the first beneficiaries of the free secondary education start to register in schools nationwide, the Minority is still aggrieved the policy does not include continuing students.

For the Minority, it was a pure irony that the year groups the NPP campaigned to ahead of the 2016 elections would not enjoy the Free SHS policy.

‘Free SHS promise was a hoax’

This aside, Mr. Iddrisu said the skeptics of the policy had also been justified.

“By its inability to roll out Free SHS to cover those in second and third years, the NPP has only successfully vindicated those who said Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS promise was a hoax. What we have have been presented by the NPP is simply another version of Progressively Free SHS for some first years students.”

In the NPP’s time in opposition, the Mahama administration in 2014 started what it called the progressive introduction of free secondary education. This brand of free education was to start primarily with only day students.

At its peak, the progressive free secondary education covered about 500,000 students.

Class division in SHS

The Minority warned further that “what will emerge in our SHSs is a category of fee-paying studies for the wards of parents who can afford to pay fees for their wards and another category of so-called free SHS students thus introducing a class system into our public SHSs”

 

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa/Duke Mensah-Opoku/citifmonline.com/Ghana

  • Obuobi Gregory

    How responsible is the opposition NDC in parliament? What is the level of intelligent thinking that drives this grouping? Did the NDC ever care for quality education for the Ghanaian youth? Where did John Dramani Mahama choose to invest the $3.5million he stole out the the Sate of Ghana coffers? Was it not this very group that would derail the vetting assignment because some Ghanaians chose to say it as it was – John Dramani Mahama was wasting Ghana’s sparse money on wasteful ventures?
    Don’t you dare come annoying us. What did you do about the SHS quality education when you had the chance? You would starve Ghanaian children of quality learning! The restructuring has begun in fairness in humility. The policy would run its full course by healthy stern management where it has begun by us.
    Haruna Iddrisu, and his pack, I say, should pack their dishonesty off our backs. Lasting state laws are not made by men of this stamp. Let them go where they rightly belong. They dare not stir confusion where they have no business. We will not take it from them. Constructive criticism, yes. But thinking marked with malignity will not pass muster by us.
    The New Era of the Republic of Ghana is enlightenment driven. It is carried by a covenant between the present NPP administration under Nana Akufo-Addo Dankwa and the Republic of Ghana’s entire populace. Ghana shall never see failure where the NDC chose to drive it.

  • Nana king

    I’m finding it extremely difficult to understand the level intelligence of this people. I mean is that what NDC has as party leaders? With such level of bankrupt intelligent and crooked thinking of common sense policies, I’m ashamed for its party members. If a government decides to prepare itself to properly role out such a huge policy with the first year students, what is the progressive free education noise about? so should we who completed over 20yrs ago go for refund of our fees bcs we are not benefiting directly now? By the way is this the first time a computerise system is placing someone in a different school? and what does that got to do with the policy itself. And another useless childish twist of “free but not free parents still have to pay for something”. Unintelligent boys of NDC, get the list of what government is paying and deal with it. U don’t even qualify to talk about this policy because you’ve had EIGHT strong years of ZERO social intervention policy. The youth of NDC should take charge of the party and NOT allow these people organising press conferencing whiles disgracing themselves and the party with such ignorance. These guys cannot and should not lead the party because they have no CREDIBILITY AND INTEGRITY, none. For Ghana, this is our own sweat and blood money of which a visionary leader wants every Ghanaian to benefit from, so embrace it, have patience and support it for your own good.
    There is too much noise in Ghana.
    God Bless Ghana.

  • Obed Nii Bortey

    This is 100% pure witchcraft and must be treated as such…