Nana Addo's free SHS is feasible -NPP chair
3/19/2012 3:30:03 PM -
Mr. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, NPP National Chairman
There is no doubt that Nana Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) can ensure the fulfillment of the promise of free Senior High School education in the country.
Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh said this on a Sunyani-based radio station, Space FM, on its Friday evening political programme, 'The Big Question' hosted by Kwabena Kyereh.
According to the NPP Regional Chairman, initial calculations done by the party concluded that an amount of $175 would be spent per student per a year if the implementation of the free Senior High School commences.
'The promise will not be a mere campaign promise, but a real one, which would be implemented if the NPP comes to power,' he assured.
He continued that the party had sat down to estimate and cost the expense per student when the programme is implemented, and it would be part of the party's manifesto, which will not be a hoax.
Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh indicated that an effective management of the crude oil could even assist in absorbing the expense of the school fees for the senior high school students. 'It only takes a person and government with a vision to implement such a huge policy, therefore, Ghanaians should have confidence in the NPP.'
He indicated that if Ghanaians can recall what President Kufuor did by introducing the National Health Insurance, Free Basic Education and the School Feeding Programme, then they would not doubt the credibility of such a government when it promises to deliver free SHS education to the people of Ghana.
According to the NPP Regional Chairman, out of the 10 regions in Ghana, three of them are already enjoying free education, so why is it impossible to extend it to the other seven regions, if now the country is blessed with crude oil.
He said it takes a courageous, visionary and good manager of resources to take such a desirable policy that stands the chance to alleviate the economic hardship of Ghanaians, and Ghanaians are blessed to have such a leader in the person of Nana Akuffo Addo to do that.
He reiterated that with prudent management of the oil and gas in the country, then it is possible that school fees for senior high school students can be paid, whilst the country would have extra to embark on other developmental projects.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) thinks free SHS education is impossible because of the poor and lack of transparency in the management of the oil and gas, which, as at now, the people of this country are yet to know the quantity of oil drilled, the amount accrued, and where the oil was being sold.
Ghanaians deserve to know all these to have the confidence that it is possible for Nana Addo and the NPP to implement the free SHS policy to lessen the burdens of Ghanaians for rapid economic growth.