Majority Leader Asserts Commitment to Free SHS Bill Despite Minority Opposition

by Louisa Afful
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Majority Leader Alexander Afenyo-Markin has stated that the caucus will not be deterred by the Minority’s opposition to the Free Senior High School (SHS) bill. He emphasized that the free SHS policy is non-negotiable and that the Majority will ensure the bill passes.

In an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, the Effutu MP declared that the policy will be enforced even if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) opposes it. He criticized the NDC for opposing the bill without seeing it, just as they had opposed the original Free SHS policy and other social interventions.

Afenyo-Markin stated, “We want to enact the law to make free SHS non-negotiable. Despite the NDC’s opposition, we will push it through.”

If passed, the bill will make the Free SHS policy binding on future governments, preventing its discontinuation. Despite their initial resistance, the NDC and Minority have now expressed support for the bill and plan to push for a dedicated funding source for the Free SHS policy.

Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, affirmed that the Minority will thoroughly examine the bill once it is presented in Parliament.

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