The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has taken a dig at former president John Dramani Mahama, describing his recent comments on the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy as misplaced and hollow.
According to the Vice president, it is ridiculous for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate to complain about the heavy amount of money being sunk into the Free SHS policy at the detriment of other sectors.
“I hear somebody [former President John Dramani Mahama ] says we are spending so much on free SHS. Have you heard him? He said we are spending so much so we won’t have money for other things. Did you hear that?’’ he teased on Saturday during a mini rally organized at the instance of the youth wing of the ruling New Patriotic Party in Kwahu as part of the Easter celebrations.
“You who said free SHS was not possible. When you did not have free SHS under your government, you couldn’t pay teachers and nursing training allowance, you couldn’t pay National Health Insurance, is it free SHS which stopped you?’’ the vice president opined further.
Dr. Bawumia said as a northerner, he benefitted from free education and that if free education was good for the north, it is equally good for the entire country.
‘’The importance of a skilled and educated populace to national development cannot be over emphasised, and government will continue to deliver on the promises we made to Ghanaians’’ the vice president added.