Presidential Aspirant of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama has said his party will fix the challenges confronting the free SHS policy illustrated by the NPP’s government.
According to former president Mahama the existing form of the Free SHS policy is fraught with several challenges hence the need for a stakeholder conversation for the best possible way forward as regards its implementation.
“I believe that if Ghanaians come together, we can come out with a workable time table and schedule for implementing Free SHS,” He said this while addressing NDC delegates at Obuasi .
The former president explained that the double track system introduced by the government this academic year to shore up admissions into school has brought with it extra classes, which parents will have to pay for.
He said government is struggling to implement the free SHS programme because it has not invested in school infrastructure such as classroom blocks and dormitories.
Mr. Mahama thus gave the assurance that the NDC government would make the needed investment to address the challenges when elected in the 2020 general elections.
He questioned the Akufo-Addo government’s decision to abandon the E-Block Community Day Senior High Schools, which were constructed as part of the progressively free SHS programme introduced by the NDC government.
The former President said the next NDC government will continue its infrastructural investment in Senior High Schools to help accommodate more students in Senior High Schools.
“When the NDC government returns, we will complete all 200 Senior High School structures we began building while in power.”
Mr Mahama urged delegates of the NDC to unite and work hard for victory in 2020.