The Peoples National Convention (PNC) has lauded government over the implementation of the Free Senior High School Policy.
Speaking on an Accra based radio station, Starr FM, the Second National Vice person of PNC, Mr. Henry Asante urged Ghanaians to be supportive and optimistic of the policy as it will benefit all Ghanaians.
‘As a political party, we are congratulating the NPP leadership and for that matter the President for living by his word”.” he said.
Seconding the move Mr Asante explained that, “We are saying this to buttress a point that in 2008, if you look at our manifesto, we said among other things that when voted into power we were equally going to implement a free education programme from the Kindergarten to secondary level but unfortunately we did not get the mandate of the people to come into govern”.
“Therefore, if the NPP as a matter of fact, have seen the wisdom which should have been a social intervention for the Nkrumahist and from where they are coming from have seen the wisdom to implement this, I think the whole nation needs to applaud them for what the wonderful decision.
According to him, the party does not share the view that the policy will not be sustainable. "We also share the view that it is sustainable, in as much as a determined mind is willing to do it, naturally, we should be able to it, unless we are not determined. Why do we say it cannot be done when the three northern regions were given scholarship to study since the Nkrumah era?
“It is sustainable and naturally if we a prudent and up and doing, I know we can do it. …..We only need to be prudent in our economic management if we stop paying dubious judgment debt and concentrate on education and prudent financial management I believe we can do that” the party's Second Vice said.
The Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led-government launched the free Senior High School programme on Tuesday.
About 400,000 students are expected to benefit from the education policy that will exempt them from paying for tuition and other fees.