‘I’ve never been against free SHS’ – Mahama clarifies

Former President John Mahama has rebutted what he describes as propaganda by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, saying he has never been against the Free SHS policy.

He said for someone who implemented Progressively Free SHS for over 350,000 students, he cannot be said to be against free SHS.

Mr Mahama challenged Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to provide evidence of him ever saying he is against free SHS.

According to him, just like all well-meaning Ghanaians, he believes “free SHS must be made better instead of the ad-hoc implementation we are witnessing under the Akufo-Addo administration.”

Below is the statement

John Mahama remains committed to a better Free SHS programme

We have noted yet another propaganda churned out by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to the effect that HE John Dramani Mahama, the Flagbearer and Leader of the NDC is against free Senior High School (SHS) education.

This is false. Dr. Bawumia knows very well, in his heart, that he is not telling the truth and for that matter, he is misrepresenting the views of the former President.

Mr. Mahama has never been against free SHS and nowhere has he ever said free SHS is a bad policy. Certainly, the President who implemented Progressively Free SHS for over 350,000 students cannot be said to be against free SHS. We challenge Dr. Bawumia to provide evidence of the former President ever saying he is against free SHS.

Mr. Mahama, just like all well-meaning Ghanaians, believes free SHS must be made better instead of the ad-hoc implementation we are witnessing under the Akufo-Addo administration.

For example, presently the ‘Double Track System’, which keeps some students at home while others are in school studying remains a major worry to students, parents and many Ghanaians who care about the future of the youth of Ghana.

In addition, the fate of SHS students when they graduate remains a major concern to many Ghanaians including students, parents, lecturers, Vice Chancellors among others. Even President Akufo-Addo, himself, has admitted to the “challenges” and has only asked Ghanaians to see beyond the “challenges” because every programme has “challenges”.

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