General News of Tuesday, 25 September 2012
A leading member of the ruling NDC Kakra Essamuah has pooh-poohed the flagship free Senior High School (SHS) education policy of the opposition NPP tagging it as “dangerous propaganda”.
According to him, the promise of free education is not only politically expedient but unattainable even if the NPP win the December polls.
Lawyer Essamuah was speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday.
The NPP’s proposed free SHS policy championed by its flag-bearer, Nana Akufo-Addo is to make education easily accessible to ordinary Ghanaians up to the secondary-school level if voted to power in December.
The policy to cost GH¢78 million includes tuition, boarding, feeding and all the other charges for the 2013-2014 academic year.
But Kakra Essamuah maintained that NPP’s free SHS policy is not a panacea for quality education if the needed resources and infrastructure are not put in place.
Lawyer Essamuah indicated that if not properly examined, implementation of the policy could mean replacing quality education for quantity.
The NDC communication team member underscored the need to improve infrastructure and resources before making education free.
He cited how most infrastructure like classroom blocks in some schools across the country are dilapidated, whilst classes are held under trees in some schools.
“Is Nana Addo going to transform Ghana with SHS graduates? What problem is the free SHS going to solve” he quizzed.
Kakra Essamuah urged Ghanaians to treat the supposed free SHS policy with the contempt it deserves and retain the NDC in power for a better Ghana.
In a quick rebuttal, Director of Communication of the NPP, Nana Akomea debunked the claims of Kakra.
He added that he was not surprised at Kakra's conduct since according to him, the NDC has "institutionalized propaganda" by electing propaganda secretaries at all party levels to propagate lies to Ghanaians.
The NPP man noted that the free SHS policy contrary to the NDC view, will undoubtedly ameliorate the plight of the less privileged in society and ensure the reduction of child-labour and graduate unemployment that has bedeviled the country.
Nana Akomea said NPP’s flagship education programme is to enable parents who hitherto could not afford the tuition fees of their brilliant children to enroll their wards in school at no cost under an Akufo-Addo presidency.