President Nana Akufo-Addo says that the Free Senior High School (SHS) and Free Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) implemented under his administration cannot be trusted in the hands of flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama.
Speaking at the launch of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Manifesto at the University of Cape Coast, President Akufo-Addo said the former President, John Mahama’s promise to review the implementation of Free SHS and TVET programmes is an attempt to cancel it.
The leader of the NPP argues that John Mahama took an antagonistic attitude against the programme during his presidency and his change of position is to solicit for votes from unsuspecting Ghanaians.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “for years, he [John Mahama] and his party were loud in their assertions that they did not believe in the Free SHS and Free TVET” and “rubbished it at every opportunity as they proclaimed that it will destroy Ghana’s educational system”.
He noted that “We have no reason to believe the NDC Presidential candidate[John Mahama] newly proclaimed conviction to the Free SHS and Free TVET” as he has lost credibility hence “Free SHS and Free TVET cannot be trusted in your hands”.
The Free SHS was introduced in September 2017 to enable every child in Ghana who gained admission into a public Senior High School to go to school with the fees borne by government.
The government believes the programme will remove any cost barrier that prevents students from accessing secondary school education.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com