Monday, February 20, 2017

Govt Lacks Action Plan To Make Free SHS Policy Operational Mona Quartey

7:05:00 AM


Former Deputy Finance Minister, Mona Helen Quartey has cast doubt on governments ability to fulfill the free SHS policy this year.

The NPP governments flagship programme, according to President Akufo-Addo will kickstart September, 2017.

However, there has been controversy over the aspect of funding in the free SHS policy after Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo said government will be considering Oil and Gas Heritage Fund to finance it.

The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori Atta has publicly dismissed the proposition by Senior Minister Yaw Osarfo Maafo that government  intends to run the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy with the Heritage Fund.

The Communication Director of the New Patriotic Party, NPP, Nana Akomea in a discussion on Joy FM Saturday also disapproved the position of Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo on the subject, insisting that the Senior Ministers views were not informed by the policy position of the government, thus he was thinking aloud.

So lets wait and see what funding streams will be identified in both the Sectional Address and the Budget. And then we can debate the sustainability of those sources, he added.

But the former Minister of the erstwhile Mahama administration, Mona Quartey said on Joy FMs News File analyses programme that there are several factors the ruling government may have to contend with that would have far-reaching consequences on the sustainability of the programme.

She said there seemed to be no careful wrought plan to make the programme operational this year.

Where is that action plan she questioned, saying the programme lacks clarity following the controversy on what source of funding could even be tapped into to power the free SHS policy.

the Budget which the Minister of Finance, Ken spoke to that there is an envelope that hes hoping to tap into, we are wondering which envelope that is in the context of the IMF programme that were in now and the fact that were even having difficulties achieving some of the targets of benchmarks that were supposed to achieve. And also in the absence of Central Bank funding. So one would query exactly how is this thing going to be done


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