Free SHS “review does not mean cancellation” – Dr. Lawrence schools NPPFrom (L), Dr. Lawrence Appiah and former President Mahama

Free SHS “review does not mean cancellation” – Dr. Lawrence schools NPP

The Founder of the Diaspora Progressive Movement based in USA, Dr. Lawrence Appiah has hit hard at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government edu

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The Founder of the Diaspora Progressive Movement based in USA, Dr. Lawrence Appiah has hit hard at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government educating them that the word “review” of a policy does not mean “cancellation” of that policy.

According to Dr. Appiah in an article published on – “Review does not mean Cancellation” said it is very misleading and another attempt my the ruling NPP to throw dust into the eye of Ghanaains by misconstruing and misinforming Ghanaians that former President Mahama’s position to review the Free SHS policy means to cancel the policy if he wins.

For him, this NPP’s agenda has yet exposed their hypocrisy when they on several occasion during their opposition campaign days told Ghanaians they will “review” all the John Mahama led policies when they win power.

“When I say the NPP is a sick party, people say I am being harsh. All of a sudden, to them, the meaning of review means cancellation because President John Mahama has used it for Free SHS. Didn’t NPP then in opposition use “review” several times on their campaign platforms? Did they cancel any of the policies they have reviewed? Don’t they say they have made those policies better? So why should it be a problem for them if JM is also coming to review the Free SHS policy? Who is in his/her right mind will like the double-tracking system of this Free SHS?”

He did not waste time but took his time to educate the NPP led by President Akufo-Addo to educate them on the word “review”.

“When you goggle for the meaning of “review” it tells you that it is a “formal assessment or examination of something with the possibility or intention of instituting change if necessary” Did we see “canceled” in the definition? By the way, didn’t the NPP say they reviewed the Karpower agreement and that they have saved Ghana some nonsense millions dollars? Didn’t the NPP say they have reviewed the interest rate and brought it from 25% to 20%? Didn’t the NPP review the MIDA agreement and said they got 51% local investors and 49% foreign investors? Wasn’t it 20% and 80% respectively?” – He said in the articles

“My fellow Ghanaians, the NPP think you are that stupid. They want to reduce the mess of this Free SHS to “review” and “canceled” so you will lose focus of the main problem with this Free SHS. The main problem with this Free SHS is, what is the government’s policy on all those who will NOT gain admission to the tertiary and other institutions where fees are paid? What is going to be the unemployment rate after Free SHS and what is the exit plan for the NABCO trainees?” – He added

During the 2012 and 2016 general elections, the then opposition, NPP promised to provide Fress SHS to all Ghanaians. Upon wining the election in 2016, they have implemented the policy but face huge huge challenge ranging from infrastructure to accommodate the numbers and financing.

This the NDC now in opposition led by former President John Mahama saying the implementation of the policy was not the best hence the challenges.

For Ex-president Mahama, should he win the election, he will review the policy by first completing the rest of the 200 Community Days Schools he had started before losing to the NPP and also build more school in the urban area. This he said will help accommodate the huge numbers. In financing, the NDC has maintained that there should be a review where those who can afford the SHS education to pay making it less a burden for the mass implementation.

By: Efo Korsi Senyo /