[ 2012-09-14 ]
Former president Kufuor
Kufuor: Time for free SHS is now, NDC’s excuse unacceptable
Former president John Agyekum Kufuor has asked
voters to ignore people who doubt the feasibility
of the New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) free senior
high school policy.
Members of the governing National Democratic
Congress (NDC) have been at the forefront casting
doubt on the feasibility of the policy.
Recently, Education Minister Lee Ocran said it was
impossible to make SHS education free using the
NPP’s proposed GHS 78 million for the first year
of its implementation, saying that amount was
woefully inadequate. Questions about inadequate
infrastructure have also been raised to prove the
impracticability of the policy.
However Mr Kufuor, speaking in an exclusive
interview with Joy News, said the governing party
lacked the moral right to raise issues of
infrastructure to justify their argument that the
project was not viable.
This, he said, was because the NDC lost the
opportunity to provide these infrastructures
during its longs years of rule.
The former president urged Ghanaians to embrace
the policy because it will help solve problems of
youth unemployment and teenager prostitution.
“Talk of developing infrastructure, the people who
are talking like this they are not first timers in
government, they had a long stretch of government.
Why didn’t they develop infrastructure?”
“So when Nana Addo talks that its time to run the
SHS free, he knows what he is doing and I believe
he knows and I am supporting him.”
Mr Kufuor continued that the free SHS policy “is
not just a dreamy thing he’s [Nana Addo] talking
about. He is talking about a very well-taught out,
solid, costed policy and the time to do it is
Source - MyjoyOnline
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