FORMER PRESIDENT John Dramani Mahama says contrary to opinions that he will scrap the Free Senior High School policy when voted into power, he will rather back it with solid infrastructure and make it better.
The former President said he was unhappy about the malicious propaganda being used by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to consistently and deliberately distort facts in his conversations around free access to senior high school education.
He insisted that he could not possibly find any reason tocancel Free SHS, when he first initiated the policy under a progressive framework.
In an interview with Class FM, the former President said, “The current government has a lot of doublespeak when it comes to Free SHS.Well they say I left a debt of GH¢39 million on implementation of Free SHS. The point I’m making is that how can I be against Free SHS when I started FreeSHS progressively though? I started Free SHS so how can I be against it?”
On another occasion while paying a courtesy call on the Overlord of Dagbon, Ya-Na Abukari II, Mr Mahama emphasised that Free SHS education has come to stay. If anybody tells you that I, John Dramani Mahama, will abolish Free SHS when I come to power, tell the person he is a liar.”
Mr. Mahama’s concern, however, is the nuisance double-track system that is gradually destroying the quality of Ghana’s secondary education; a problem for which he has proposed a master strategic idea to radically institute measures to ensure that double-track becomes a thing of the past in the first one year of his government should God help him to become President come January 7, 2021.
Many parents, who spoke to the media in the Dagbon area welcomed Mr Mahama’s idea as a timely relief because they said their wards were not benefiting much from the stressful double-track system which the NPP admitted had to be ended as soon as possible.