Ex-president John Dramani Mahama over the weekend expressed his intention to review the social intervention program Free SHS, the flagship policy of the current Nana Addo-led government during a campaign event at Cape coast for his election as flagbearer of the NDC.
Mahama criticized the policy as being inept and would review it in collaboration with other stakeholders in Ghana’s educational sector, particularly citing ace educationist Professor Yankah as one of those he would consult should he lead the NDC to victory in the 2020 general election.
But Professor Kwesi Yankah, the minister of state in charge of tertiary education in a press release has said he would not be a part of any malicious review that would seek to compromise the gains or at worst collapse a widely-consulted policy which he was actively involved in its development and implementation in the unlikely event the NDC and for that matter John Mahama wins power in 2020.
The NDC has vehemently opposed the policy that has benefited thousands of parents and increased access to High school for many students who would otherwise not be in school due to guardians inability to pay fees. Their stance against such a laudable policy has left many to wonder why a party that prides itself as following the tenets of social democracy would oppose a social intervention program initiated by a party seen as pro-capitalism.
The policy is estimated to save parents in excess of GHC 5,000 per ward in the three year duration of high school education in Ghana.
Find the release below.