A group calling itself Action Patriots For Justice (APJ), has called on Government not to invest more than it has budgeted for the Free Senior High School Programme and invest other resources into other areas of the economy to bring about a balanced development.
“Despite the savings parents are making through this awesome Free SHS Policy, yet there are still agitations and complains all over and Action Patriots for Justice, will want to humbly suggest to the President, Nana Akufo Addo, to slow down with its positive “obsession” with the Free SHS Policy, with regards to absorbing more and extra fees and cost, to further stress and over burden government.”
The Convener of the Action Patriots for Justice, Isaac Kwain was speaking on the “Day Break Upper East” programme on A1 Radio 101.1MHz in Bolgatanga.
The group commended the government for the bold step to get every Ghanaian child who has to be in Secondary School in school, saying it is one way of getting community and households out of poverty.
“We owe the Nana Addo-Bawumia led government, a big round of applause and a sound thank you, for defying all odds and amidst this weak and messy economy inherited by the NPP, to be able to rolled out this important flagship policy, which is; free SHS and its associated double track system. The critics and the doubting Thomas are silently coiling in, after a successful term and vacation of the first batch of the double track system.
Indeed, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo wants to make a difference and leave a legacy for the generation yet unborn to benefit, and posterity will vindicate the President’s goodwill and selfless leadership.” He said.
Still on the Free SHS, Isaac Kwain said the recent inclusion and absorption of the fees of the final year SHS day students, by government should have been done as that will put undue pressure on government resources and get detractors complaining and making political capital out economic challenges that may arise as a result government’s over spending on the Free SHS.
“These chunk of money should have been added to MASLOC coffers for distribution to serve its purpose of aiding small businesses to thrive.
APJ can confidently say that, the only powerful force capable of bringing some level of relief to the majority of Ghanaians, is MASLOC.
Support MASLOC, Mr. President, give them attention and resources, trigger and activate their services with strict supervision and diligence, and sooner or later, voices of complains and agitations will tone down.”
He said a parent with one child attending free SHS as a day student is saving an amount of GHC 1,075.50 a term, whilst a parent with one child attending SHS as a boarding student, saves around GHS2,015.22 a term and yet detractors are bent on making these parents believe that, they have not benefitted from anything from the Nana Akufo-Addo led government.
Source: a1radioonline.com / 101.1MHz / Ghana