A flagbearer hopeful for the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramni Mahama, has promised to fix Akufo-Addo’s problematic Free SHS policy and the ailing National Health Insurance Scheme if Ghanaians elect him as the next president in the December 7, 2024 elections.
According to him, reviewing the two policies would ensure Ghanaians benefit immensely and improve their lives too.
The former president said the difficulties in implementing the Free Senior High School have had a negative impact on the quality of education in many schools, necessitating a reconsideration of the program.
“Free SHS is not working properly, the benefit it is supposed to give the parents, they are not getting. I can tell you today that the money we are spending on our children to go to school is far more than when we used to pay school fees,” Mahama said when his campaign stop at Kongo, in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.
He added, “We are going to repair the free SHS and make it better and create the situation when where school reopens, all the children will go together and when they vacate they all come home together.”
John Mahama further reiterated his call for the Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemeng-Manu to step aside over the collapse of the NHIS.
“The NHIL is completely destroyed, the Minister himself [Kwaku Agyemeng-Manu] said there is no benefit to the NHIL card and that when he goes to the hospital he pays cash and that was why I said he should resign…and so NDC is coming to make it better.”
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is expected to hold its presidential and parliamentary primaries on Saturday, May 13, 2023, to elect a flagbearer and parliamentary candidates for the 2024 elections.
Aside from former President John Dramani Mahama, two other persons including a former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, and Dr. Kwabena Duffour, a former Finance Minister. and ex-governor of the Bank of Ghana have picked forms for the presidential contest.