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Free SHS: Review is not cancellation, look up the word in the dictionary if you’re confused – Mahama to NPP


The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate, John Dramani Mahama, has slammed the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for misinterpreting his decision to examine the policy of free senior high school education as its revocation.

The former president expressed surprise that persons in the ruling party who regard themselves to be knowledgeable might confuse review for cancellation.


As a result, Mahama instructed the Akufo-Addo government to consult a dictionary if they were unclear about the definition of the word “review.”

In a speech to a crowd in Agona Asafo, John Mahama underlined his resolve to examine the policy and improve it in his first hundred days.

“I have consistently spoken about free SHS and the need to review it. Whenever I mention it, the NPP and communicators distort it as a cancellation. They politicize the subject. They should look up the word in the dictionary to check if it is a cancellation. There is a need for a review, which is why I mentioned that within the first 100 days, we will conduct a stakeholder engagement to discuss how we can effectively review the policy for better execution. “The policy is good, but the government must implement it properly so that we can reap the full benefits,” he said.

According to the former president, he would conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the whole education system, including the free SHS program.

He committed to do so in collaboration with all stakeholders, including parents and teachers.

He admitted that the strategy was a good concept, but quickly added that the government had failed to implement it adequately.

While SHS was free, he said that the cost of prospectuses and other related costs was unreasonably expensive for parents.

Mahama went on to say that the initiative was afflicted by a number of challenges, including insufficient student meals in our high schools.

“We have free SHS, but the cost of free SHS to parents is expensive compared to when students paid fees. The food at our schools is appalling. The food served to our students is unhealthy,” he remarked.





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