Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has warned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will fiercely resist President Akufo-Addos flagship free Senior High School (SHS) policy without proper financing.
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According to him, the free SHS is a political gimmick.
He explained that the NDC was not against the policy but said the right structures must be put in place to ensure its sustainability.
He ended his speech by calling on the president to rethink the policy and also promote a national dialogue on the policy.
“My message to President Nana Akufo Addo today is a simple but important one that when he goes to bed today he must rethink his free senior high school policy,” he said.
He continued:“It is manifested gargantuan failure and our concerns are that we will not sit down for him to jeopardize our youngsters and the future of our country.”
"The idea of free senior high school is a noble social and political educational objective but the pursuit of it must be premised on adequate, reliable and sustainable financing and not experimental financing.”
“We are inviting him that we need to dialogue further together as a country towards financing the free senior high school policy in order to safeguard what is currently happening. We know and we say with certainty and without fear and contradiction that he cannot finance it and the economy cannot finance free senior high school education today but it remains a noble social and political objective but we need to be united as a country and determine how to finance it,” he advised Nana Akufo-Addo.
The free SHS policy will start on Monday, August 11 in all secondary schools in the country beginning with first-year students.
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In addition, the government has released 50 percent of the money for the programme to begin.