NPP Communication Director Clarifies Distinction Between NDC’s Review Call and President Akufo-Addo’s Improvement Plan for Free SHS

Richard Ahiagbah, the Director of Communications for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has emphasized the difference between President Akufo-Addo’s call for an improvement in the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy and the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) call for a review. The Free SHS policy, a flagship program of the NPP administration, has been a topic of discussion since its inception in September 2017.

While some applaud the policy for removing financial barriers to secondary education for children from poor homes, others argue that it has faced challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, leading to the double-track system, and concerns about the quality of education. The NDC, including its 2024 flagbearer John Mahama, has expressed the intention to review the policy if elected.

Responding to the president’s call for an improved Free SHS during the State of the Nation address, Ahiagbah stated that the NDC’s call for review and the president’s call for improvement are distinct. He highlighted that the NDC has not been in principle for Free SHS but rather supports the progressive approach. Ahiagbah clarified that the improvement plan aims to enhance and invest in Free SHS, addressing cost barriers and expanding opportunities for education, without intending to cancel the program.

He outlined the improvement plan’s focus on intensified investment in infrastructure, teacher training, and the inclusion of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) within Free SHS. The goal is to ensure accessibility to education for individuals from various backgrounds.

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