Did John Mahama Mislead Akufo-Addo To Think Review Means Collapse?

It is on record that, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has done so much for education, than the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Even the most ardent supporters of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy, are hard put raising concerns about the manner in which the policy, was rolled out.

Many well-meaning Ghanaians, including Civil Society Organisations, like IMANI Africa, have added their voice to the call for a review of the policy.

The finance minister, who is in charge of the country’s finances, has questioned the sustainability of the policy in its current form, when he advocated for parents, who have the means to cater for their wards school fess, be allowed to pay.

In this regard, the finance ministry, has created a fund, where people, who are willing to contribute to the free SHS programme, can do so.

Former president, John Dramani Mahama, during his tenure as head of state, rolled out the free SHS policy, starting with Day Students.

In his wisdom, considering the state of our finances, and the infrastructure gap, the viability and sustainability of the policy, would be to adopt a gradual process, in a form of a pilot basis.

Every new programme, comes with both anticipated and unanticipated challenges, this is the reason, why many believe that, it is always better to start on a pilot basis.

The president, who is in a hurry to nowhere, decided against wisdom to roll-out a full-scale policy, that is now biting all of us.

According to Ace Annan Ankomah, “A Joy News Forum on the 2019 budget drew a laughter from the audience after they found, 98.5percent of all the taxes collected are used to pay salaries”

He posed a question following this revelation on his facebook wall thus “What can a government do with 1.5percent of its total tax revenue? What are its options for funding? What can a government do to improve the lives of ordinary Ghanaians with 1.5percent of its revenue left for everything else? And what do you prioritise?”

The Oxford Dictionary defines review as “a formal assessment of something with the intention of instituting change if necessary, a critical appraisal of a book, play, film”

When ex-president Mahama, said he would review the free SHS policy and make it better, when he takes the oath of office in 2021.

President Akufo-Addo, who knows that the policy is fated to fail, is interpreting review to mean collapse, because he knows in his heart of heart that, the programme in its current state will definitely collapse.

This newspaper is of the opinion that, instead of fighting everyone, who raises red flag about the policy, the government must listen, because Ghana has no option than to have an educated population.




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