Minority is not against ‘Free SHS’ education policy – Ablakwa
The Minority in Parliament has refuted reports suggesting that they are opposed to the implementation of the free senior high school education policy by government.
According to them, their concern has had to do with what they call a shift from the campaign promise of providing free education to all SHS students to just first-year students.
This, for them, means continuing students will have to pay full fees for until they complete school.
“It will really go against our records having always fought for education to be a right and not a privilege,”
stated Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region said on the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Tuesday.
“I know that it would really have been the president’s wish that they would have fulfilled this promise as [he] put out during the campaign but [when] they looked at the books [and] they looked at the state of the economy…they decided to opt for this scenario which is to do it in a progressively free manner,” the former Deputy Education Minister clarified.
President Nana Akufo-Addo launched the free senior high school policy -one of his flagship policies- today at the West Africa Senior High School at Adenta in Accra.
Then in government, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) rather favoured a “progressively free” education system because they believed that a completely free education could only be realised after the infrastructural challenges facing the education system were fixed.