Nana Akufo-Addo, NPP used the Free SHS Policy in his campaign messages in 2008 and 2012 but he was in opposition however, John Dramani Mahama, NDC started it in 2015 – Read Details Below

Since Free Senior High School policy is a topic used as a campaign message for both the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo and the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, there’s an ongoing battle between NPP’s presidential candidate and the NDC presidential candidate and their fanatics as to who started the Free SHS policy.

The FREE SHS policy was started by Nana Akufo-Addo in 2008 and 2012 campaign messages. Although Nana Addo promised Ghanaians with the Free SHS policy, he however, lost in the elections held on 2008 and 2012.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 general elections trumpeted the Free SHS education policy as its main campaign message amidst opposition and rejection of the policy by the NDC.

‘Free SHS education’ was a campaign message of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The NPP promised to implement a free education policy for every Senior High School (SHS) student.

However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) insisted that instead of free SHS education, emphasis must be placed on ‘quality education’ and improving basic education.

But President John Mahama in his state of the nation address to Parliament on 25th February in 2014 announced that his government, will from 2015, start the implementation of the free SHS policy.

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‘We must make education a priority again. The students of this nation deserve to have the confidence that comes from knowing that the education they are receiving will adequately prepare them to navigate this competitive global workplace,’ President Mahama said.

Nana Addo who was in opposition was amazed that Mahama has thought it wise to make implementations on Free SHS policy as he even congratulated him.


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