JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA- FORMER PRESIDENT, GHANA
JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA- FORMER PRESIDENT, GHANA

Free SHS will not be reversed if NDC comes back to power – Mahama

Former President, John Dramani Mahama has said the National Democratic Congress (NDC), does not have plans of reversing the most touted policy of the New Patriotic Party, Free SHS if it’s voted back into power by Ghanaians.

According to the Ex-President,  “The false publication by a newspaper that the NDC will reverse free SHS is most laughable, false and diversionary”.

He indicated in a statement on his Facebook page that like himself, there are some members of the NPP and other Ghanaians who have problems with the haste in which the policy was implemented adding that a broad stakeholder consultation could have avoided the challenges the policy is currently riddled with.

The statement said “This view is not mine only. Many in the NPP and non-partisan civil society hold the same opinion. It is not too late to hold a national stakeholders forum on the Free SHS Programme in order to carry the whole nation along. The current legacy-seeking and ad hoc manner of implementation will multiply the current implementational problems over the next 3 years.

Free SHS is constitutional, it must be implemented, but it must be implemented properly according to a clear plan that carries all stakeholders along”.

FULL STATEMENT HERE

NDC WILL NOT REVERSE FREE SHS

There are no “naysayers” when it comes to free SHS. After all it was recognized and enshrined in our constitution by the ordinary people of this nation who gathered at the Consultative Assembly and drew up the 1992 constitution.

Disagreement over the programme is about the optimal pace of implementation. A more carefully considered plan of implementation adopted by broad stakeholder consultation would have resulted in clear policies and guidelines, which would have avoided the current challenges plaguing the programme and putting our students in harms way.

This view is not mine only. Many in the NPP and non-partisan civil society hold the same opinion. It is not too late to hold a national stakeholders forum on the Free SHS Programme in order to carry the whole nation along. The current legacy-seeking and ad hoc manner of implementation will multiply the current implementational problems over the next 3 years.

The false publication by a newspaper that the NDC will reverse free SHS is most laughable, false and diversionary.

Free SHS is constitutional, it must be implemented, but it must be implemented properly according to a clear plan that carries all stakeholders along.

source:a1radioonline.com

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