Posted: Tuesday 4th March 2014 at 21:06 pm

Mahama’s free SHS, a propaganda stunt for election 2016 – Afenyo-Markin

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New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin says government’s decision to implement free Senior High School (SHS) policy is a decoy to win the 2016 general elections.

According to him, the supposed progressive implementation of free SHS policy is part of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) “propaganda campaign” to deceive Ghanaians for votes.

Afenyo-Markin’s comment comes on the back of skepticism expressed about the feasibility of the policy announced by President John Mahama in Parliament last week.

The policy estimated at GH¢ 71 million will absorb the school fees paid by day students, when it is implemented in the 2015/2016 academic year.

But shortly after the announcement, the NPP described the NDC u-turn on free SHS as hypocritical – a position the governing party has fervidly denied.

The NDC led by its General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia insist that government’s decision to commence the free SHS policy is in fulfillment of its manifesto promise.

Nonetheless, Alexander Afenyo-Markin on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen porgramme, Tuesday, said government is just taking Ghanaians for a ride.

He further intimated that the Mahama-led administration has nothing to show for its stewardship, hence, wants to capitalize on NPP’s flagship campaign promise to retain power.

The Effutu MP described as ‘nauseating’ how the NDC in its quest to shift focus from the socio-economic hardships in the country, would capitalize on a sensitive sector such as education for its partisan politics.

“The NDC in 2012 said free SHS is not possible so now, what has change? Let us be serious in this country”, he exclaimed.

Afenyo-Markin urged Ghanaians to be wary of such juicy offers by the NDC, which in his opinion never sees the light of day.

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