President Nana Akufo-Addo has descended heavily on former President John Mahama, after he [Mahama] said at rally in Tarkwa in the Western Region that the president’s flagship free Senior High School programme was not working.
The President in a Facebook post on Sunday, without mentioning the former President’s name, said propagandist and naysayers who in the last few years said free SHSH was not possible are singing a different tune now.
His comments also appears to directed at National Democratic Congress MPs and officials who have on multiple media platforms predicted the collapse of the free SHS policy.
“The politically motivated propagandists and naysayers, who, in the last few years, said that Free SHS was not possible, and could happen only after 20 years, are now singing a new tune. They now claim Free SHS is not sustainable, and will crash in 5 years,” the president said.
According to him, leadership is about choices and that the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians support his choice of implementing the free SHS policy.
He stressed that free SHS was here to stay, nothing that investment in the policy will be sustained.
He said: “Let me burst their bubble again. Free SHS is here to stay, because leadership is about choices, and I have no doubt that the overwhelming majority of Ghanaians support the choice that I have made. They recognise the importance of the investment we are making in the youth and in the future of our country. The investment will be sustained.”
President Akufo-Addo said “I continue to be puzzled as to the vehemence with which so-called social democrats oppose or attempt to undermine measures designed to address poverty. Their demagoguery and opportunism will always be exposed.”
Former President Mahama on Saturday chastised government over the implementation of its flagship free SHS programme, suggesting the programme was hurriedly implemented.
According to him, the policy has created challenges in secondary schools, saying the was the need for a national dialogue to address some of the challenges.