Majority Accuses NDC MPs of Opposing Proposed Free SHS Bill - Onlinetimesgh

Majority Accuses NDC MPs of Opposing Proposed Free SHS Bill

The Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has accused the Minority caucus of opposing the proposed bill on the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy. This bill aims to regulate the Free SHS intervention by making it mandatory for future governments to sustain the policy.

Afenyo-Markin revealed that the bill has received executive approval and will be laid before the house by the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum. Speaking to journalists in Parliament, Afenyo-Markin challenged the Minority to provide reasons for their opposition to the bill.

“We have heard the Ranking Member on Education, the Hon Member for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, strongly opposing the Free SHS bill. Clearly, the NDC minority doesn’t want to commit itself to the Free SHS, and the fact that we want to enact a law to make it mandatory,” he stated.

He continued, “We have stated time without number that those provisions in the constitution that talk about Free SHS are very aspirational. So, the way to go is to enact a law to regulate the Free SHS policy which is currently in operation. The NDC is opposed to this, and they have spoken through their ranking member. We want them to tell Ghanaians whether Free SHS is not their priority as a responsible opposition.”

Afenyo-Markin added, “The Ministry of Education is going to ferry the bill through to parliament. We’re ready and as part of the engagement process, we engaged them, but they are adamant. The NDC is not ready for the Free SHS bill. It’s clear and their spokesperson on education has been clear. The last time I tried to tease the matter out on the floor, he avoided a response and stayed clear of it. He’s not ready to commit himself.”

“We know that in Parliament, the caucus speaks through its spokesperson, and he’s the ranking member on education. He says he is opposed to the bill because there are some provisions in the constitution. They should tell us why they oppose the bill,” Afenyo-Markin concluded.

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