A former Deputy Minister of Education under the erstwhile John Mahama Administration, Alex Kyeremeh has debunked statement by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo that the opposition National Democratic Congress will cancel Free Senior High School Education should they return to power in 2020.
The President, Minister of Education and several NPP Communictors have constantly said that the NDC will cancel the Free SHS policy should they get the opportunity to govern Ghana again.
Addressing staff and students of the Bolgatanga Senior High School, Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region, as part of his 2-day working visit to that region, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians will not entrust power into the hands of the opposition National Democratic Congress in 2020 because of their determination to cancel the Free Senior High School policy.
“I know that there are people in this country who don’t want this policy, who have been campaigning against this policy. They are dreaming that they are going to come back to power to cancel the policy.”
“I want them to know that they are not coming back to power, and the Free Senior High School policy has come to stay. They still haven’t woken up from their dreams; they dreamt in 2016 that they were on course for victory. They did not know that the Ghanaian people were no longer interested in entrusting them with power. They still haven’t woken up from their dreams,” the President said.
But speaking with Abena Opokua Ahweneé on Dadi FM’s Efa Wo Ho Morning Show, Mr. Kyeremeh said the NDC has no intention of cancelling the policy since they are also benefiting from it.
He said that he as a person is enjoying the policy since he is also a taxpayer but was quick to add that, that does not imply he cannot pay for his child’s school fees.
Asked why he has not enrolled his child in a private school if really he was ready to pay fees, he responded he wanted a government school.
He explained that the previous government started the free SHS as progressive where they enrolled about 480, 000 students in their tenure.