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Prez Mahama’s Free SHS Promise Is A Fallacy - NAGRAT
Despite the serious challenges dwindling Ghana’s economy, President Mahama has promised to implement the free Senior High School policy before his tenure comes to an end. He made this bold statement when he addressed the nation some few days ago.
Several arguments have germinated out of the promise; whilst some political parties have claimed ownership of free SHS, some members of NAGRAT, are worried the president’s promise would never see the light of the day.
The Financial Secretary for the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Seth Oduro Boadu told Peace FM News that when it comes to implementing such projects, there is a need for government to provide a blueprint which could serve as a guideline.
He argued that there was no need for President Mahama and his team would be jumping the gun if they rush to implement the project without a blueprint. According to him, serious consideration should be given to the project if government has the intention to do it.
“It is easier said than done. It is a good thing for President Mahama to prepare the way for free SHS, but if there is no money, it will end up as a fallacy. Government hasn’t laid a firm foundation for the process and its attention must be drawn to the fact that without those ingredients, it will be extremely difficult to implement the project.”
“Our three regions in the North currently enjoy free education but early this year, government has stopped pumping grants needed to drive the project forward. Headmasters in the region have come out threaten government that if the grants are not paid, they would withdraw their services.”
Here Lies the Question To Government
“If out of ten regions government cannt provide for just three, how can we trust it to service the remaining seven well? Things must be done well before the talk about free SHS comes up. There is no blueprint to demonstrate how it would be implemented”, Mr. Boadu added.
Source: Chris Joe Quiacoe/Peacefmonline.com