Former President John Mahama says he will make free secondary school experience beneficial for students than the “current miserable conditions our children are having to face under Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration”.
According to him, claims that he will cancel the policy are baseless because it is guaranteed by the constitution of Ghana.
“Free SHS is here to stay. Indeed it is underpinned and guaranteed by the 1992 constitution of Ghana and it cannot be reversed by any government,” Mahama noted at the 27th Annual Residential Delegates Congress organised by the Ghana National Union of Technical University Students in Kumasi Wednesday.
He further noted: ” Mr Chairman, but all administrations including this one and any future one have an obligation to make it a qualitating and enjoyable experience for our children and I am determined to make secondary education a beneficial learning experience more than the current miserable conditions our children have to face. I’ll take that again… I am determined to make secondary education a beneficial learning experience more than the current miserable conditions our children are having to face under the Akufo Addo administration.
“Mr Chairman, at a later date, before the election of 2020, I intend to lay out in detail before all stakeholders and the good people of Ghana our blue print for the educational sector and especially our plan for making the free SHS program more sustainable”.
Mr. Mahama appears to be responding to claims by President Akufo-Addo that an NDC government will cancel the program.
“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,” the President said
He continued: “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”.