A member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Director of Special duties at the Forestry Commission, Charles Owusu, has alleged that Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh is sabotaging President Akufo-Addo's much talked Free SHS policy.
According to him, the minister due to his lackadaisical attitude towards the implementation of the flagship project of Akufo-Addo’s government, Free SHS is gradually denting the efforts of the president, thereby calling for the resignation of the sector minister.
He said, freshmen placed in the various second cycle institutions are still home because the second-year students (continuing students) are still running on the double track system, causing limited space for freshmen.
“Form one student are still home because there are no spaces in the various schools and nobody has told the president…… no one in the education ministry dare report to the president, they will out rightly lose their job”, he said.
According to him, the reason for postponing the reopening day for the form one students is because of the limited space, yet the president has not been duly informed.
“Napo has not told the president about this development and parents are blaming Nana Addo for this……mind you Free SHS is a great initiative that should be embraced by all Ghanaians, there is no need sabotaging such a great project…. I am told his deputy Minister does not have access to him, he’s turned himself into a tin god…nobody advises him”
“I believe he has done his part, it is time for his reshuffle, Nana should let him go……His approach of handling issues related to the Free SHS policy and the placement system is not the best, why would he accuse the NDC of busing people to the independence square, that was an insults to Ghanaians…… my own daughter nearly committed suicide because of how stressful the placement process was, so why would he insults Ghanaians like that, it is time he left the ministry for someone else to man it” he added.
He said, Nana Addo needs to often time go behind the reports and the narratives the various ministries present to him and see things for himself
“Lift the veil and go behind, visit the various schools and see the real situation on the ground” he said.