June 25, 2024

Majority Leader of Ghana’s Parliament, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin has taken a swipe at the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) for not making the Free Senior High School (SHS) their priority.

According to him the Minority is not committed to the Free SHS and through their spokesperson on Education Peter Nortsu-Kotoe has given indication that they are opposed to it. “We want them to tell Ghanaians if Free SHS is not their priority as a responsible opposition”.

He further pointed out a quick press conference on Tuesday, June 25, 2024 that the Majority will want to enact a law to make free SHS mandatory. “We want to enact a law to make it mandatory; those provisions that talks about free in the constitution are very aspirational, so the way to go is to enact a law to regulate the policy, which is currently operational, but the NDC is opposed to it”.

He affirmed that the bill has received executive approval, and the sector minister is going to carry it to parliament as part of the engagement process. “We engage the Minority but they are adamant. The NDC is not ready for the free SHS bill; it is clear their spokesperson on Education has been very loud on it.”

The last time I wanted a response on the floor, he avoided talking on it and he stayed clear-off it and did not want to give a response, “so we know in parliament the caucus speaks though its spokespersons and they say they are opposed because there is some provision in the constitution; they should tell us where, he added.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com