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Education experts gave NPP the green light on free SHS - MP
From: Ghana|GNA          Published On: November 4, 2012, 15:20 GMT
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Education experts gave NPP the green light on free SHS - MP

Prof Ameyaw Ekumfi said claims by the NDC campaign team that free SHS would affect basic education is false.

Professor Ameyaw Ekumfi, Member of Parliament for Techiman North and former Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has stated that Nana Akufo- Addo’s free Senior High School (SHS) education campaign promise is feasible.

According to him a group of educational think tanks and policy consultants were contacted before the New Patriotic Party (NPP) adopted policy into its manifesto.

Prof Ameyaw Ekumfi, who was also former Minister of Ports and Harbours in the Kufuor regime, made this known at the Inauguration of the Senior Patriots Club of the University of Education Winneba (UEW) branch in Winneba.

He described as falsehood claims by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaign team that the policy would affect basic education.

Prof Ameyaw Ekumfi, currently a Member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education, therefore urged Ghanaians to ignore the NDC communicators and Ministers who cast doubts on the implementation of a free SHS by the NPP.

He said the NPP has facts and figures on how the policy would be implemented to help Ghanaian children who are less privileged to have access to SHS education.

The former Minister said funds for the policy would not be sourced from outside the country, but rather revenues from the oil, the GETFund and other sources.

He said the problems of supervision and teacher motivation would be addressed to encourage teachers and other non-teaching staffs to help move the policy forward.

Mr Samuel Kweku Boafo, former Ashanti Regional Minister, urged students who are mostly members of the Youth wing of NPP to intensify their campaign and educate parents about the importance of a free SHS policy.

He said the NDS’s claim that a free SHS is only attainable in 20 years time cannot be true, adding that Ghanaians cannot wait for that many years before all children can get free SHS education.

Dr Henry Augustine Puffa, Chairman of the Senior Patriots Club of UEW, said the NPP has a dream team to take Ghanaians to the Promised Land.

He added that the club would assist the Effutu NPP to wrest power from the NDC in the December 7, elections.

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