General News of Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Managing Editor of the AlHajj Newspaper, Alhaji Bature Iddrisu has said the Akufo-Addo-led government is deceiving Ghanaians with the Free Senior High School policy.
Describing the policy as a paracetamol drug (APC), he indicated that, the NPP government is using the policy as a cover-up for what he described as an ailing economy.
“Everything the NPP is doing now is cosmetic, no laws are working in Ghana any longer, and politics has been imbibed in everything. Akufo-Addo and Bawumia have become like medicine sellers of old times, regardless of which sickness you complain of, they always recommend the same drug; APC”.
“Akufo-Addo and Bawumia are behaving similarly, whatever complaints you make about the economy; they refer you to free SHS. Everything nowadays is Free SHS as if Free SHS is a solution to all Ghana’s problems. It’s not even one-hundredth of Ghana’s challenges. But they are using Free SHS as cover up for all their failures” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made good his promise of free secondary education, which started September this year.
“The government of Ghana will fund the cost of public senior high schools for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onward.”
Under the free SHS policy, beneficiaries will not have to pay admission fees, library fees, science centre fees, computer lab fees, examination fees and utility fees, according to the government.
The free SHS policy will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the secondary school level.
But speaking on Adom TV’s Morning Show “Badwam” Tuesday, Alhaji Bature noted that the NPP administration is desperately trying to find its feet after coming to terms with how much of a failure their government is and how poorly the country is performing under their watch.
He pointed out that government, having absolutely nothing to boast of, has resorted to making ‘unnecessary noise’ about the free SHS policy.
Alhaji Bature accused President Akufo-Addo and vice president, Dr. Bawumia of capitalizing on the realization of their flagship policy to cover up their numerous flaws.
On his part, Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong vehemently disagreed with Bature.
He noted the Mahama government created a mess thus will take President Akufo-Addo time to turn the fortunes of the country around.
The Assin Central MP, however, expressed complete disgust at what he describes as the ‘sick’ state the country finds itself in presently.
According to him, the system has been dented with such recklessness and irresponsibility such that there is but very little sanity left for progress.
Mr Agyapong highlighted the poor attitude of Ghanaians towards work and customers and the corrupt nature of our culture as the major factors for retrogression and a failing system in the country.