Former President John Dramani Mahama this yesterday had stated the National Democratic Congress (NDC), stands on the controversial “Free SHS”, saying there’s no way the NDC will reverse it, when it comes to power in 2020.
The Former President took it to his Facebook page to declare his support for the free SHS initiative by the Akufo-Addo’s government, reiterating that, publication by a newspaper which stated the NDC will reverse free SHS is most laughable, false and diversionary
Below is the full statement by Former President John Mahama…
NDC WILL NOT REVERSE FREE SHS- John Mahama
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.