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Free SHS Was A Vote Winning Policy; Purely Political Devoid Of Honesty – Brig. Gen. (rtd.) Nunoo-Mensah



Former Chief of Defense Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces, Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah, has said the free senior high school policy was purely implemented for political purpose.

According to him, the policy was not planned with honesty because, Ghana’s economy is not capable of adequately funding the programme but the strong urge to win power influenced the government to make promises without thinking through it properly.

“I don’t think we planned it with honesty. There was a political purpose to use it to win votes. I am putting it very blunt, I am not going to pull any punches here. If I have to hit I will hit. We did it to win votes not because we want to create a better system of education,’’ he said.

“I was in Britain in the early eighties, my children went to Britain. At a point, government intervened not along the way, all the way. It is very possible that you can pay your way, you can pay for education with the economy you have but you couldn’t do it. But because of winning the biggest prize, political power, you promise anything. If you want power, so it is said in politics, if you have to sell your mother, sell her, if you get power you go and take her back. There is nothing that you cannot do with power, except to turn a man into a woman and vice versa”

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