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Free SHS was just funfair; no proper planning – Casper Kampoli, Dep. Comms. Officer, NDC

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Casper Sunday Kampoli, the Deputy Upper East Regional Communications Officer for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has tackled the Akufo-Addo-led administration for what he described as government failure to properly implemented the Free Senior High School policy.

In Mr. Kampoli’s view, the implementation of the Free SHS was just a matter of funfair; a policy government hurriedly implemented to score political points. His comments were made on the back of the recent troubles some schools across the country are faced with.

Recently, a1radionline.com reported that parents of students in some schools in the Upper West Region would be forced to find alternative ways of feedings their wards while they remain in school. The affected schools say that due to food shortages, they cannot continue to feed the students.

This was contained in a letter signed by the Upper West Regional CHASS Chairman and sighted by a1radioonline.com.

Speaking on the A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, Mr Kampoli chastised the government for the challenges that the policy is faced with.

“It is the case of a dishonest government that has always used PR, rhetorics, falls narratives and misleading narratives to hoodwink the people of this country to think that they care about second cycle education. The truth of the matter is that the president and the government do not care about second-cycle education. The very first day they entered the seat of government, they neglected basic education.”

“This free education was all about funfair; implement it, start the process, sit on radio, rant about it and let the whole world know that Akufo Addo had promised free education, he had come and was implementing it. As for the quality, they do not care about it.”

Mr. Kampoli continued to say he could not fathom why the issue regarding the feeding of students under the policy would continue to remain a challenge stressing that “every now and then it comes up. Why are we here? Is it that we are not sincere with ourselves? Is it that our SHS are in shambles?”

Meanwhile, the Education Ministry says the government is ready to supply some 10,000 bags of sugar and 60,000 bags of rice to schools across the country.

The Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng in an interview on News Night said the supplies would be made to schools in the Greater Accra Region, Ashanti Region and the Upper West Region.

He said the Ministry has already dispatched trucks to deliver these supplies to various schools.

“The good news is that as of now the Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has intervened. As I speak to you packs of food items about 10,000 bags of sugar and 60,000 bags of rice are scheduled to be distributed to various schools across the country.

“You are looking at the Ashanti Region, about three schools there, the Greater Accra Region and largely Upper West Region,” he told Emefa Apawu on Tuesday.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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