Over some months now, the controversy of the “Free SHS Policy” have been on a high inspection leaving many civil society groups in the Null as to whether the policy could be made a reality or was just another sea-side political gimmick.
Speaking on Radio Univers political Leadership show on Sunday, Communications Team member of the NDC, Malik Basintale, made some significant revelations among which he stated that “the Senior High school Policy of the NPP was just another form of a Grand scholarship Awarding system for a specific group of people which may not even stand the test of time”
He stated that, the “Free SHS” Policy did not meet the Progressively free education the 1992 constitution spoke about in Article 25 where it was suppose to be benefited equally by all manner of persons.
“The Policy has so many caveats surrounding it’s implementation and that baffles my imagination as I’m tempted to believe that this is just a form of camouflaging the Free SHS Ghanaians expected. The Policy already would not include all those in their second and third years now, would not include about 30,000 BECE students who did not get placed by the computerised system and would also not include the about 156,700 students who didn’t get the schools of their choice and are seeking re-placements and so why should we call this a Free for all policy as mentioned by the NPP”
The Communications Team member made mention of another factor which was of much concern to him as a Ghanaian and that had to do with funding of the “Grand Scholarship policy” for its sustainability.
“Our Oil reserves as stated by the President earlier on in funding this policy are already depleting as the Amounts generated each year keeps falling and I don’t see how monies would be made from the 70% budgetary allocation which already doesn’t meet the demands of the bodies enjoying this or the remaining Stabilization and Heritage funds that are on a constitutional purpose”.
Malik Basintale was of the View that if Government was of a clear mind and really wanted to have this policy run at a smooth and Constitutional manner where all Ghanaians would praise it, firstly they needed to excluse all conditions surrounding it as placed by the Gorvenment Now, then further make its implementation processes transparent to the public and seek for a public stakeholder consultation before the gearing of this Policy in the right direction as the NDC started last year in September.
He stated that ” Even a recharge card promotion that has so many terms and conditions ends up losing its value as people would not trust it’s outcome and so would prefer the moderate and quality one to it”