Mahama hints at changes to Free SHS within first 3 months of next presidency


Former President John Dramani Mahama has hinted at a major stakeholders’ meeting within the first three months of his next presidency to forge consensus on how the Free senior high school (SHS) policy must be implemented.

He observes that there are major challenges affecting the policy as a result of the ad hoc manner in which it was implemented.

The former president stated these while addressing a lecture at the University of Cape Coast last Thursday.

The lecture was to assess the state of education in Ghana today.

It was hosted by a former Minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang.

Mr Mahama, who will contest the next year’s presidential elections as candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), indicated that the country must open up consensus building as regards the incumbent government’s flagship policy.

“I want to assure you that if I become president of this country again or let me say by the grace of God when I become president of this country again, within the first three months of assuming office, we will hold a stakeholder meeting on free SHS and we will forge a consensus in this country on how it should be implemented so that we do not toy with the destinies of our children.”

He said the ad hoc nature of the implementation reared its head in the reaction of government functionaries when he indicated that the double-track system accompanying the policy will be abolished under the NDC.

He said government functionaries began by saying that the system will be abolished within seven years, then they came down to two years, then one year “and the next thing I hear is by September”.

He said it is not possible since not a single dormitory has been put up by the government since assuming office in 2017.

He said they are depending on the mortgaging of the GETFund and the first tranche of $500 million.

“[But] even if it arrives, the process you have to go through for procurement and all that will definitely take you beyond September.”


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Ellis Ferdinad is the Founder of Education Ghana Media Network ,a parent Company of ,an Online Education News Blog and Education Television, an Online Digital Television Channel. Ellis Ferdinad is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast respectively, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students' Awards and was also ajudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog ( His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017 and 2018 respectively,an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. Ferdinand is a researcher in Education and a contributor to Education related discussions on Radio,Television and on Social Media. He is a Leadership Coach and a Public/Motivational Speaker .


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