Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said Former President John Dramani Mahama appears confused and as a result lacks the knowledge to review the free Senior High School policy if he comes back to power.
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The response of the Vice President follows the comments made
by the former President that a future National Democratic Congress (NDC) under
his watch would review the Free SHS policy to make it better.
The former President who was speaking at the official
opening of the 27th Annual Presidential Delegates Congress of the Ghana
National Union of Technical Students on Wednesday in Kumasi said “I am
determined to make the free SHS a beneficial learning experience more than the
current miserable condition our children are facing under Nana
In a sharp response however, Vice President Dr Mahamudu
Bawumia threw a challenge to the former President to tell Ghanaians a concrete
alternative policy which is better than the current double track system adopted
under the free senior high school (SHS) policy.
“If he [Mahama] had been in the position, what will he
do. What are your concrete policies, don’t tell me you want to wait and be
voted and you call a stakeholders meeting, that is not leadership, tell us
exactly what you will do,” he said at a ceremony to inaugurate a $4.5
million fertiliser blending plant on Thursday under the governments One
District One Factory policy at Asuboi in the Ayensuano District of the Eastern
According to Dr Bawumia, former President John Dramani
Mahama is clueless on what to do with the free SHS policy adding that “he
should come out and tell us exactly what he will do because the visionary
President Akufo-Addo said he will do it and he has done it.”
In the view of the Vic President, the free SHS policy would
not have been alive if John Mahama has won the 2016 elections.
“I am 100 per cent certain that if John Mahama was a in office today Ghana will not have free SHS neither will we have the teacher training allowance, nurse allowance, the paperless port and also the 1D1F. it takes visionary leadership and courage and this is what we are seeing with President Akufo Addo.”
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He further pointed out the inconsistencies in the position
of the former President and the National Democratic Congress on the policy, a
situation he found ridiculous adding that “It is the same vision that
President Akufo-Addo had when he said we are going to do Free SHS in this
country. There were many naysayers when we said we will do free SHS including
the former President who said it was a gimmick, a misplaced priority at the time.
Some even said it will take 20 years to do free SHS but President Akufo-Addo
had a vision and he persisted with that vision against all the naysayers and he
implemented the free SHS education in his very first year of government.”
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