Anyone against free SHS is a nation wrecker - Osafo Maafo
Written by danquahinstitute.org Saturday, 24 November 2012 17:50
Former Education and Sports Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has described those opposed to the New Patriotic Party (NPP's) free Senior High School (SHS) education policy as “nation wreckers”.
According to him, such pessimists who do not have the foresight and vision to accelerate the nation development should be ignored.
Yaw Osafo Maafo was reacting to recent prediction by President John Mahama that the NPP’s free SHS policy will fail.
Citing examples in Kenya and Uganda, the President said because these countries did not provide the needed infrastructure and resources before implementing the policy, they were now struggling.
Addressing a rally at Okere in the Eastern Region, President Mahama reiterated his government's commitment to expand infrastructure at the secondary level.
But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday, Yaw Osafo Maafo said the president appeared to be a prophet of doom.
He indicated that for political expediency, members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) had a psychological orientation that the free SHS was not possible and had been so fixated in this mentality that they could not be persuaded by even reasoned arguments.
The former Education Minister noted that if a country like Botswana has been able to successfully implement a free SHS policy, he did not see why Ghana, the first African country to gain independence could not do it
Osafo Maafo said an Akufo-Addo presidency will make judicious use of the oil revenue by investing in education to benefit all Ghanaians.
He intimated that the NDC had driven the country into economic, social and political abyss and that it will only take a visionary and a more competent leader like Nana Akufo-Addo to pull the nation back from the brink.
Osafo Maafo urged all members and sympathizers of the NPP to work hard to achieve success and called on the electorate to vote the party into power.
He was optimistic that the NPP will come out victorious on December 7.