The Chief of Brekusu in the Eastern Region, Nana Oteng Korankye II, has called on parliament to introduce a law that will protect the implementation of the free senior school policy.
The flagship education policy by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been of enormous benefits to Ghanaians especially those without the financial muscles to pay for the bills of their wards fees, he suggested.
According to him, the law will prevent any future political interference of the programme in the event that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) loses the presidential elections in the future.
He was speaking to Rainbow Radio’s Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi.
The Free SHS policy was implemented in September when the 2017/2018 academic year. The programme started with first-year students in all public SHSs and Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions across the country.
The policy absorbs all approved fees that were charged before the 2017/2018 in public SHS and TVET Institutions.
But it has been fraught with challenges, some of which has led to the introduction of the double track system.
Some have described the double track as a bad initiative and an avenue that will make students perform poorly.
But Nana Oteng Korankye II says that view is baseless and unfounded. He believes parents, traditional rulers and other stakeholders could play a critical role by providing an avenue for their wards and subjects to attend extra classes when they are on break from school.
He appealed to Ghanaians to keep supporting the policy so it allows more children attend secondary school for free.
President Akufo-Addo in November 2018 last year, hinted of a law to protect the government’s flagship Free SHS policy was being prepared.
According to him, the law will prevent any future review of the programme in the event that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) loses the presidential elections in the future.
“We are going to enact a legislation to make access to SHS compulsory for every school going child. This will ensure that those who have pledged in their dreams to ‘review the free SHS policy’ do not get the chance to destroy this policy in the very unlikely event that they return,” the president said.
He was addressing a graduation ceremony at the University of Development Studies (UDS) at Tamale in the Northern region,
The Chief has also hinted he will make available a land towards the construction of a health facility in order to help residents access healthcare.
He described 2018 as a great year and challenged Ghanaians to work hard in order to make 2019 far better than the previous year.
He called for discipline, respect for time and dedication to whatever we do to help the nation develop.