Mzbel commends President Akufo-Addo For Free SHS
| Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 10:04am
Ghanaian musician, Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah, popularly known as Mzbel, has praised President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) program.
Mzbel, who an ardent critic of the New Patriotic Party and then-presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo during the 2016 campaigns, visited the Achimota School in Accra to register her son to enable him benefit from the program.
Her son gained admission into Achimota School this year.
After successfully registering her son on Monday, September 11, Mzbel wrote on her Facebook Timeline: "Free Education here we come!!! It's actually true oo! Hahaaa Nana well done oo!! Onto the next deal... One Corner One Dancer! Inshallah."
The Akufo-Addo-led government’s flagship program, the Free Senior High School, took off Monday September 11 as first-year students who were successfully placed in various SHSs were officially admitted.
However, in her latest post on Facebook, she said: “This is what my bestie has to say when I asked for his opinion about the Free SHS... hmmm”
She indicated that the issue had never been about the desirability of free senior high school education. It is about the sustainability.
"The 1992 constitution recommends free education, but recognizing the need not to vacuum all available resources into it, the constitution writers proposed that it be made progressively free. The difference in policy on the two sides of the divide is whether the policy should be rushed or introduced at a more measured pace." She noted.
“As far as I know Nana Addo doesn't intend to run for a second term as he hinted at his press encounter.”
“He wants the fight against galamsey and free SHS to stand as his legacy. Introduce and manage the scheme for 3 years and leave it to succeeding governments to struggle with."
"The rushed nature of the current policy means that any fiscal space which would have created for more resources to be injected as investment into the productive sector is being pumped into the free SHS policy.”
“Implication will be the churning out 100s of thousands of SHS graduates who would come out and cannot find work to do.” She wrote.
According to Mzbel, the issue with the education system is not as much it's affordability as it is about access, quality and equity.
Adding: "The President is intending the new revenue flows from the oil fields fastracked by the JM administration, TEN field and Sankofa to be used to finance the scheme."
"I would not be surprised in the coming years when schools cannot open because of failure to release the funds or we see a drop in quality because of limited resources. Mark my words!"
"I do not believe this is a prudent use of our resources.
The musician in an earlier Facebook post shared the Basic Education Certificate Examination results of her son when WAEC released the results.
The artiste indicated that she woke up to the good news of her son’s impressive performance and shared the results.