Free SHS challenges would have been worse but for Mahama projects- Okudzeto replies Napo


A former Deputy Minister for Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the challenges being experienced by the Free SHS Programme would have been worse if not for the interventions made by the former John Mahama administration.

The free SHS Programme has been inundated with challenges including lack of boarding and classroom facilities.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa believes the challenges will be insurmountable but for the infrastructural development seen under former President John Mahama

“While the Minister touts the implementation of the Free SHS Programme as he did in Parliament yesterday, he conveniently failed to disclose to Parliamentarians and the nation that the current challenges associated with Free SHS would have been worse if not impossible to implement but for what they inherited which includes but not limited to President Mahama’s flagship Community Senior High Schools, the expansion and rehabilitation of 125 existing Senior High Schools, the renovation and construction of hundreds of additional Science Resource Centres and the procurement of all the text books which they are now distributing,” he stated.

This was contained in a statement issued by Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in response to claims by theMinister for Education that “the NDC Government did not release a farthing to finance its Progressively Free Education Programme.”

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa however accused the Minister of dabbling in falsehood and absolutely misleading Parliament.

Even though the former Deputy Education Minister admits that the former government left behind arrears, he said there is clear evidence that funds were released for the Progressively Free Education Programme.

“For the first term of the programme, Government released all funds being 12.78 million Ghana Cedis. This covered the period September to December 2015.  A second release of 17 million Ghana Cedis was effected for the second term covering January to April 2016,” he indicated.

Samuel Okudzeto expressed disappointment in comments made by the Education minister Matthew Opoku Prempeh noting every government inherits the assets and liabilities of its predecessor.

“The NDC Government inherited arrears in 2009 and also inherited a 4-year SHS duration extension without infrastructural expansion and provision of text books which we had to address under an emergency intervention. We did not go to Parliament to indict the previous NPP Government as the Minister sought to do yesterday; we simply focused on our mandate understanding the dynamics of governance,” he stated.

By: Sena Nombo/

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