We don't know him- Education ministry disowns Free SHS Ambassador

The Ministry of Education has distanced itself from a viral video in which a so called Free Senior High School (SHS) Ambassador was seen campaigning in a secondary school for the re-election of President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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In the viral video, a gentleman, who is clad in a T-shirt with the inscription “Free SHS Ambassador” boldly embossed on it, could be heard urging a gathering of young SHS students to campaign to their colleagues and parents to vote for President Akufo-Addo in the 2020 General Elections. 

The video drew a sharp rebuke from the opposition National Democratic Congress, accusing the Akufo-Addo administration, the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education of campaigning in second cycle schools.

Speaking on Accra-based Citi FM, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, noted that the said ambassador is not known to the ministry.

He said: “The Ghana Education Service or the Ministry of Education has not sanctioned anybody to go round the Senior High Schools and claim to be a Free SHS Ambassador.

"One will remember that when we started the implementation of the Free SHS policy, we appointed and nominated one ambassador in the name of Abraham Attah who is a known movie actor.So, if anybody going around claiming to be a free SHS ambassador, that person has not been sanctioned by the Ministry.

He also said that a full-scale investigation will be launched into the matter. "We are going to launch a full-scale investigation into this matter. It will also depend on the status of the person; if the person is not a teacher then it will be a problem. But if the person is a teacher, then the GES and Ministry have their own punitive measures if someone flouts its rules and regulations,” he said.

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