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If Going To The Moon Is Possible, Why Can’t SHS Be Free? - Bawumia Asks NDC


If Going To The Moon Is Possible, Why Can’t SHS Be Free? - Bawumia Asks NDC

Dr. Mahamudu BawumiaDr. Mahamudu Bawumia, running Mate to Nana Akufo-Addo for the 2012 General Elections has stated that the proposed Free SHS programme of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) would eliminate monetary considerations in determining who can gain access to post-basic education and who cannot.

Dr. Bawumia stated this at a community durbar organized for him in Manhyia, a community in the Asutifi South Constituency of the Region, on the first day of his tour of the region.

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Addressing the Chiefs and people of the community, Dr. Bawumia said “we have pledged wholeheartedly to ensure that we make Secondary education free for all. Our determination to fulfil this promise, is influenced by the fact that when SHS becomes free, it would ensure that access to education would be no longer determined by how wealthy one’s parents are”.

“As a nation seeking to develop and better the lives of our citizens, we would have a major problem if education for our future leaders continues to be determined by how much one has especially as millions of our people live in poverty” Dr. Bawumia added.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said that he was not surprised by the pessimism of the NDC especially and the constant claims by officials of the ruling party that the Free SHS pledge cannot be realized.

Dr. Bawumia wondered why some political opponents felt it was so difficult making SHS free at a time other countries were going to the Moon, landing vehicles on Mars and doing other wonderful and amazing things.“What is really impossible in today’s world where other states are sending vehicles to other planets like Mars and breaking the bounds of almost everything perceived as impossible?” he asked.

He noted that it was the same pessimism the NDC showed when the NPP promised to institute the National Health Insurance Scheme and stated that unlike the NPP which had successfully instituted the NHIS, the NDC had failed woefully to fulfil its promise to make the NHIS, a one-term premium paying scheme. He mentioned that while the NPP thought about possibilities, the NDC was preoccupied on impossibilities. He said that the NPP under Nana Akufo-Addo would make secondary education free just like it instituted the NHIS as promised.

The Chief of Manhyia interacting with the Vice-Presidential candidate said that the main concern of the inhabitants of the village was getting the right quality education for their children. He said that his generation had unfortunately lived in serious poverty and deprivation and said that it was their wish and hope that their children would receive the right education to enable them break the cycle of poverty and secure better livelihoods.

Dr. Bawumia is on an eight (8) day tour of the Brong Ahafo Region and is accompanied by many leading members of the NPP including Dominic Nitiwul, MP for Bimbilla, Stephen Yakubu, MP for Binduri, Mr. Charles Bintim, former Minister under the Kufuor Administration, Moctar Bamba, National Organizer of the NPP, Sheik T.B. Damba, 2nd National Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Boakye Boateng, Parliamentary Candidate for the Asutifi south constituency and Mr. Kwaku Asoma Cheremeh, Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of the NPP.

Source: NPP Communications Directorate



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