Deputy Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says until the New Patriotic Party (NPP), no government in the history of Ghana had invested $1.5 billion into education infrastructure.
According to him, President Akufo-Addo and the NPP government have placed some level of importance on the welfare of children and their right to education.
Speaking in an interview with JoyNews’ Evans Mensah, the Deputy Minister, who is in charge of pre-tertiary education, warned the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to desist from toying with the free S.H.S policy.
His caution follows several declarations by the flagbearer of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama that his government will scrap the current double-track system and modify it with what he describes as a more beneficial and better system.
But the MP for Bosomtwi in the Ashanti Region believes the current system is serving more purpose than what the NDC would introduce.
“We won’t review the free education policy.
“When it comes to education, look at it through the lens of education policy. Education now has to drive our transformation agenda,” he said.
Dr. Adutwum in the interview urged the NDC to applaud President Akufo-Addo instead of trying to shed a negative light on his efforts and the free S.H.S policy.
“You can’t just toy with it and make it a political football because it’s the efforts of an opponent.
“Give Akufo-Addo some credit for coming up with the innovation, before saying probably you would have done it differently,” he said.
“It’s not about the NDC liking free S.H.S or double track, but rather understanding the facts behind it, whether you like it or not, as a politician, it’s your responsibility to understand the facts,” he stressed.