To say that the former President of the Republic, John Dramani Mahama and his NDC are bent on crumpling President Akufo-Addo's Free Senior High School policy would be an understatement of the century.
As a matter of fact, the NDC flagbearer intends to quarantine Free S.H.S to the detriment of the millions of Ghanaians whose wards are benefitting and will benefit from the pro-poor programme. His posturing in relation to the policy evidently points to a man who execrates Ghanaian children being educated at the expense of the state.
Unable to contain the raging storms arising out of his constant and wayward criticisms of President Akufo-Addo's flagship programme, Free S.H.S, former President and NDC flagbearer is in town with a statement meant to control the damage his utterances have done to his chances and that of his party, the NDC.
Trying effortlessly to writhe himself out of the quagmire his posturing has landed him, the NDC flagbearer has caused for a statement to be written by his special aide, Joyce BawaMogtari in which grueling efforts are made to discount the widely held belief that Mahama and his party are bent on killing the ongoing education policy.
However, facts gathered so far point to the irrevocable 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, 2o18, 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 to Akufo-Addo ''Free SHS is not working''
•Mahama-owned Herald newspaper on September 10, 2018 published the headline ''Akufo-Addo gets cooked Free SHS award''
•Minister of Education, Lee Ocran, on 10th September, 2012 said ''Free SHS can only be possible in 2032, in 20 years time''
•AsieduNketia, 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''
•OfosuAmpofo 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 KwakyeOfosu on May 14, 2018, had this warning for the government ''You can't use oil money to fund Free SHS''
•UCC branch in 2016 said this ''The Free Senior High School by the NPP is a political gimmick.
• MahamaAyariga, 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 37 anti-Free SHS adverts aimed at telling the electorate that Free SHS was a very bad policy.
The former President's anti-Free SHS lamentations have reached a crescendo and there is no shred of doubt that if given the mandate to rule, he and his party would make Free SHS an extinct policy.
A cursory look at the above facts would prove to even the doubting Thomases that Mahama finds it abhorrent for the state to sponsor the education of Ghanaians and would not hesitate to cancel the policy.
A vote for Mahama and his NDC spells doom for the education of Ghanaian children as Free SHS will no longer be a living organism.
Source: P.K. Sarpong / [email protected]
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