The Free SHS policy seemed to have been administered and sustained well in recent times after it had been challenged with series of problems when it was introduced.
However, a few days ago, former President John Dramani Mahama opined the policy was in difficulty.
According to him, government was not able to sustain the policy and had only released or provided 30% of the Free SHS budget to the schools; thus causing them to struggle.
The former president at the early stages of the Free SHS questioned the sustainability of the policy and suggested that if it was not carefully and thoughtfully implemented, the whole programme could crash, therefore, the difficulty the policy was going through was a manifestation of his foremost submission.
However, deputy Minister of Education responsible for Basic and Secondary Schools and MP for Bosomtwi, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, debunked former President Dramani Mahama’s submission – saying the former President lacked information about the running of the policy.
And that it was quite worrying to hear such statements from the statesman but quickly mentioned that he [Yaw Adutwum] would not blame him as he has no information about the process.
The minister also revealed that despite being an NPP politician and working under the Akufo-Addo-led government, he was ready to meet with former President Dramani Mahama and explain things to him for better understanding.
“Should former President Mahama call me to explain issues about the Free SHS to him, I would do without any hesitation despite belonging to the Akufo-Addo-led government.”
Story: Kofi OWUSU TAWIAH
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