President Akufo-Addo says he finds it comical that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) still has hopes of returning to political power anytime soon so as to scrap the Free Senior High School policy, introduced by the New Patriotic Party (NPPP) led government
“I know that there are people in this country who don’t want this policy, who have been campaigning against this policy. They are dreaming that they are going to come back to power to cancel the policy.
“I want them to know that they are not coming back to power, and the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy has come to stay. They still haven’t woken up from their dreams; they dreamt in 2016 that they were on course for victory. They did not know that the Ghanaian people were no longer interested in entrusting them with power. They still haven’t woken up from their dreams”, the President said when he addressed staff and students of the Bolgatanga Senior High School, in the Upper East Region.
According to Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaians will not entrust power into the hands of the NDC, largely because of their determination to cancel the Free Senior High School policy.
The President said critics of the Free SHS policy, would be put to shame by the time first beneficiaries of the policy come out after their WASSCE examinations.
“I am confident that the results of those exams next year are going to show that this policy is a good policy for our development. The policy is in your hands and you can demonstrate the quality of the education that you have received by the quality of the results of next year’s exams.
“I have confidence that the result will be positive and everyone will say, ‘Yes!, it was a good idea to go down this road. Our young men and women are benefiting, and this is the way to go for progress and development,” President Akufo-Addo added.
On the concerns of the school, the President said a new dormitory block and a new classroom would be awarded on contract soon.
“Some of the things that he wants to have done are going to be the responsibility of the Minister for Education, and that is why he came down today. The bus is the concern of Mr President and that is my personal commitment. Big Boss, very soon, you will get a new bus,” the President said.
With all students now going to be beneficiaries of the policy across the country, Nana Addo said for the first time in the nation’s history, over 1.2 million students would be enrolled in Free Senior High school education in Ghana.
“These figures have never ever been attained in the history of our country. The Minister for Education has said that enrolment in our senior high schools has gone up by 50% since the policy was introduced and this policy has come to stay,” he added.
He said it is better to the nation spends money on the future of Ghana, than just consume it.
Before I became President, in my campaign I said that I was prepared to use the oil money to educate our children and not to allow it to go into the pockets of politicians and civil servants, and that is exactly what I am doing”, he concluded.