There has been a lot of controversy following the introduction of the Free SHS policy
The Western Regional Organizer for the opposition National Democratic Congress party (NDC), Mr. Japheth Baidoo has projected a complete collapse of Ghana’s economy under the Akufo-Addo-led government with the introduction of the Free policy.
Speaking on Hope FM’s weekend political show on Saturday November 18, 2017, Mr. Baidoo tagged the Free SHS implementation by the NPP government as a propaganda move that is being pushed solely for political gain without recourse to its effects on the economy.
According to him, monies being channeled into the policy should rather have been focused on helping students across the country who are performing well but lack the relevant resources to support them in their schooling.
"The government can pay the brilliant but needy students' fees instead of implementing the Free SHS since over 60% of the parenthood can pay school fees for their wards", he stated.
"Since January till date, most of the contractors have not been paid but the government has allocated resources and funds meant for salaries to fund the Free SHS hence Nana Addo is robbing Peter to pay Paul" he stated.
Mr. Baidoo said the past administration led by former President John Mahama through the progressively Free SHS policy, provided infrastructure, teaching and learning materials for quality education for students nationwide.
He touted the John Mahama-led administration as the best government to have run the country, a fact he says Ghanaians didn’t realise as a result of the ‘hyped’ promises of the NPP administration which earned them a slot in government. Mr. Baidoo predicted a doomed economy under the Akufo-Addo-led government.
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