Government has asked Ghanaians to ignore comments by former President John Dramani Mahama suggesting that its flagship program, the Free SHS was not properly thought through, hence the introduction of the double-track system.
Government rolled out the Free SHS policy in September 2017 in fulfillment of its campaign promise in the build to the 2016 general election.
A year after its implementation, a number of challenges such as the non-availability of space forced government to adopt a double track system.
John Mahama has heavily criticized government over the introduction of these key initiatives. He believes the policies will in the long run become ineffective due to what he says are the weak foundations on which they were built.
But speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Information minister designate, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah, took a swipe at Mr. Mahama for repeatedly questioning the ‘sense’ in the Free SHS and the double track program.
“It is not senseless, to give some an extra 500,000 students free education in Akufo-Addo’s first term”.
He said the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) is not overwhelmed by the comments of the former President on the policy due to his constant opposition even during the campaign periods in the build up to the 2016 general election.
“ Others may be shocked that a former President who in his days was noted for calling on Ghanaians to be optimistic and not cynical about national programs, will be the one to make such a comment to undermine a national program. The Akufo-Addo government is not the least surprised. Mr. Mahama has never been in support of the Free SHS program. You recall that he campaigned heavily against it even as a sitting President”, he added.
Already, John Mahama has indicated that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) will review the Free SHS if the party is voted back into office in the 2020 general election.
“We shall come together and decide on the proper implementation of Free SHS,” he said.