General News of Sun, 3 Dec 20177
Sustaining Free SHS requires commitment not law – Bawumia
Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said any government committed to the development of its citizens does not need a law to make education accessible to them.
His comment comes on the back of suggestions that legislation be passed to make the Free Senior High School policy binding on subsequent government.
A Senior Law lecturer at the University of Ghana Law School, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, asked the Akufo-Addo government to pass a legislation making the Free SHS policy binding on future administrations. He expressed fears that if such legislation is not passed, the policy may collapse as it could be abandoned by a different political party that assumes power.
But speaking at the 23rd Speech and Prize Giving Day of Tamale Senior High School (Tamasco) on Saturday, 2 December 2017, Dr Bawumia said: “Free SHS requires a commitment to the people, not a law, to be available for the present and future generations.”
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated that the Free SHS Policy, launched this year, on 12th September, will be sustained and is here to stay.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, “I know, and I am sure I am not the only one who has heard, the people who are mounting political platforms, speaking on television and radio, and putting up posts on social media, hoping and praying for this policy to collapse.”
He continued, “We know those who have a record for scrapping pro-poor policies – nursing and teacher trainees will bear testimony. I wish to assure them that Free SHS will be sustained, that Free SHS is here to stay. The overwhelming majority of Ghanaians support the choice that I have made in implementing Free SHS”.
Nana Akufo-Addo made this known on Saturday, 2nd December, 2017, when he delivered a speech at the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Kumasi Academy, in Kumasi.
He stressed that there is no part of Ghana that does not recognise the importance of education, adding that “we have all accepted that education is the best route to moving out of poverty.”