Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Minister of Information, has expressed severe displeasure with former President John Dramani Mahama’s recent statements dismissing the achievement of the Free SHS scheme, calling them “woefully disheartening.”
Speaking to media at the Christmas celebrations in Akim Anyinase, Minister Oppong Nkrumah chastised Mahama for seeking to belittle SHS graduates’ accomplishments.
“It is disheartening to observe how Former President Mahama will go all lengths to belittle the Free SHS program and its results simply because it didn’t emanate from him,” stated Minister Oppong Nkrumah.
The good impact of the Free SHS policy has been credited to the just revealed 2023 WASSCE results, which are regarded the best since 2015. During his country trip, former President Mahama, however, called the examination’s results into question, citing malpractice and pupils conspiring with teachers to cheat.
In response to Mr. Mahama’s assertions, the Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker called them “shocking and disappointing,” noting that such remarks ignore the hard work and successes of the children who benefitted from the effort.
“While he may not like the entire SHS program, he shouldn’t try so hard to denigrate the beneficiaries. Yes, the program may have some challenges, but to say that even the exceptional success of the students is fake is just amazing,” the Minister added.
Minister Oppong Nkrumah recalled Mahama and the NDC’s staunch resistance to the Free SHS scheme, adding that the former President’s remarks constitute a continuation of that attitude.
He advocated collaborative conversations to strengthen the Free SHS project and the education system, noting that Ghana would be better served by ideas rather than attempts to discredit the beneficiaries’ efforts and successes.