Former President John Dramani Mahama has made an astonishing claim to the effect that he brought about the now highly acclaimed Free Senior High School (SHS) policy -one of the flagship initiatives of the Akufo-Addo administration.
Currently, through the effort of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, about 1.2 million children are studying and being fed free of charge at the senior secondary level.
Mr. Mahama has been embarking on what the opposition NDC has termed “Speak Out” tour as part of his re-election bid for 2020 following his massive defeat as the incumbent in 2016.
He completed a tour of the Western North Region last week and zoomed into the Ahafo Region this week with his ‘Speak Out’ sessions.
Speaking at Sienchem in the Asutifi South Constituency, Mr. Mahama told the gathering that he started the Free SHS programme, claiming it was meant for day students.
Addressing them in Twi, he said, “Free SHS is good. If anyone stands anywhere and says that I, John Mahama, will cancel Free SHS tell the person he or she is a liar,” adding, “I haven’t said anywhere that when we come to power we are going to cancel the policy. We started it with day students and we were going to expand it when, unfortunately, we left office.”