Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that the Free SHS policy introduced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a transformational policy meant to build the human capital of the nation for future development.
He said Government expenditure on free SHS should therefore be seen as a necessary investment for the future of Ghana.
Speaking at Obo Kwahu in the Eastern Region on Saturday, Dr. Bawumia noted that at independence the North negotiated for and obtained an agreement from the Nkrumah government to introduce free education in the North.
This policy, according to him, benefited northern Ghana significantly. “I am a beneficiary of free education in the north, just like many members of the NDC including former President Mahama, and I am absolutely convinced that at this stage of our development, Free SHS should be enjoyed by every Ghanaian SHS student”, Vice President Bawumia emphasised.
“I therefore find it rather difficult to understand that people like President Mahama who are direct beneficiaries of free education in the north will seek to curtail its implementation across the country”. he said.
Dr. Bawumia said although the Free SHS programme is expensive, it would be more expensive for the country to have large numbers of people who are uneducated. “Our mission should therefore be to help grow and manage the resources of Ghana in a manner that will enable us provide and sustain this transformational policy”.