Revered Ghanaian journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni has poured cold water on Nana Akufo Addo’s famous Free Senior High School policy in a new post he shared on social media.
The investigative journalist believes the policy is a misplaced priority since the students will complete school and come to face the gloomy reality of life as they hassle on the street and stay with their parents in their single room apartments.
To Manasseh, corruption in the country is a major concern that needs to talk about considering the fact that it can haunt the country both poor and rich.
Read his full text below;
Free SHS and Corruption
Free SHS was not what brought Akufo-Addo to power. He promised Free SHS in 2008 and lost. He promised Free SHS in 2012 and lost.
In 2016, he won mainly because Ghanaians were outraged about corruption. And what has he done about the fight against corruption which he promised? Not only has he taken corruption to an absurd level, but he has undermined anti-corruption agencies like the Auditor-General.
But some people say he has brought about free SHS so we should not talk about corruption. Why not? The unbridled corruption of years of yore is what has impoverished so many people that they cannot afford decent livelihoods and pay the fees of their wards.
The interests and repayments of the misapplied and stolen billions we are borrowed are choking us. And people will attend the schools for free and go back to their parents’ single rooms to hustle for obvious reasons.
Whether we talk about it or not, corruption has consequences for everyone of us, including those who have insured their future generations against poverty by stealing and hoarding what belongs to all of us.
It is possible to have implemented free SHS without corruption.