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We are not opposed to Free SHS bill; improve policy – Minority tells govt

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The Parliamentary Minority has declared its endorsement of the impending Free Senior High School (FSHS) Bill, which is slated for introduction to Parliament.

This declaration is a strategic step to quash rumors that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) might abolish the FSHS policy should they come into power.

Dr. Clement Apaak, the Member of Parliament for Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee, has clarified in a statement that the Minority supports the FSHS policy.

The proposed legislation is anticipated to ensure the policy’s permanence across successive governments.
Dr. Apaak cited the former President, John Dramani Mahama’s pledge to refine FSHS by tackling issues such as subpar infrastructure, inconsistent food quality, and unpredictable academic schedules.

While the Minority is keen on reviewing the specifics of the bill, their principled stance is in favor of the policy, with a focus on securing its long-term viability.

The government is poised to submit the Free Senior High School (SHS) Bill to Parliament shortly. The bill is designed to regulate the policy and guarantee its enduring operation.

During a media briefing on Tuesday, June 11, the Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, revealed these plans, noting that the bill’s objective is to enhance the effectiveness and longevity of the policy, in harmony with the goals set forth in Chapter 5 of the Constitution.

Find below the statement by the Minority

WE ARE NOT OPPOSED TO A BILL ON FSHS BILL

We are not opposed to FSHS and therefore can not be opposed to a proposed bill to bind future government to it. As John Dramani Mahama noted during his meeting with the national leadership of CHASS on May 8th, 2024, he will work with them and all stakeholders to make FSHS better.

Our Flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, has indicated time without number that, the FSHS policy is a good policy bedevilled with implementation challenges: inadequate academic and residential infrastructure; inadequate and poor quality food; inadequate furniture; erratic academic calendar, among others. John Dramani Mahama has pledged to address these challenges to make FSHS better.

So, while we wait to see the proposed bill and examine its contents in detail, in principle, we have no challenge supporting a bill seeking to ensure its future.

Dr. Clement Apaak
MP, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member, Education Committee of Parliament.

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