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MAHAMA UNDER FIRE OVER SHS FUMIGATION LIES

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Former President John Dramani Mahama has come under fire over what the government describes as his desperate efforts to “demonise” the implementation of the free senior secondary education programme.

Former President John Dramani Mahama has come under fire over what the government describes as his desperate efforts to “demonise” the implementation of the free senior secondary education programme.

 

Without checking his facts, the now aspiring presidential candidate, in his haste to launch a scathing attack on the scheme, accused the Akufo-Addo government of exacerbating an outbreak of bed bugs in senior high schools by implementing the New Patriotic Party’s Free SHS policy.

Speaking to delegates at a rally of National Democratic Congress supporters in Ada to support his campaign to become NDC flagbearer in 2020, he claimed a fumigation programme his government took seriously during its tenure had been ignored by the current government, leading to students suffering bed bug bites.

Untruth

Reacting to these claims at a press conference yesterday, the newly appointed Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, expressed shock at Mr Mahama’s attempts to work diabolical mischief.

He described as untrue claims that the campuses of public senior high schools in Ghana had not been fumigated since the introduction of the Free SHS programme.

“It is worthy of note that former President Mahama has never supported the Free SHS idea and has always attempted to demonise it at every opportunity,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.

“This is not the first comment aimed at undermining the programme that he has made and so we are not surprised.

“But, for the avoidance of doubt, we want to state for the record that 678 senior high schools have been fumigated,” the Minister said.

Fumigation done

The Minister told the press that the fumigation exercise was completed last week.

He explained that the exercise took place in 120 schools in the Ashanti Region, 80 in Brong-Ahafo, 70 in the Central Region and 97 in the Eastern Region.

Fifty schools in Greater Accra carried out the exercise, 52 in the Northern Region, 34 in the Upper East; 21 in the Upper West, 100 in Volta and 54 schools in the Western Region.

On the contrary, Mr Oppong Nkrumah said, there are no records to show that all senior high schools in Ghana were fumigated under the tenure of then President Mahama as the current government has done.

Don’t undermine

He urged Mr Mahama to stop undermining the free secondary education programme.

“This administration hereby encourages the former President that when it comes to state and national matters, it will be best if he speaks in the national interest, and speaks to facts,” Mr Oppong Nkrumah said.

The Minister offered his assurance that the Akufo-Addo government remains committed to seeing the programme’s success.

“We will not leave any stone unturned in achieving this objective,” he said.