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Akufo-Addo moves to bind future governments to Free SHS

Government to make free SHS a policy binding it on successive governments

has announced that it is ready to introduce a Free Senior High School bill.

The legislation will make the implementation of the policy binding on successive governments.

The Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, announced at a press briefing ahead of Parliament's resumption from break on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

He indicated that a finalised bill is ready for presentation by the Education Minister, Dr. .

According to him, the move is to prevent any government from attempting to abort the policy.

The Majority Leader insisted that “If we consider it [Free bill] as a House, what that means is that it becomes mandatory for governments to implement this.”

“Unless it is repealed, no government would have the right to say, I am not going to enforce Free SHS because now it is law, so if you fail, a citizen can apply to the court as his bona fide and the court can exact justice in that citizen's favor,” he said.

Meanwhile, the House is preparing for a shake-up in some selected committees including the Finance Committee.

Additionally, the day for the House's resumption has clashed with another day in court for the Minority Leader, Dr Cassiel .

He is in court for the hearing which means the caucus is without their Leader at the moment.

The caucus sees this as a worrying attempt by the trial judge to keep the MP away from government business.

On the back of this, the Minority says they will not enter the chamber until the Minority Leader is back.

According to Minority Chief Whip Kwame Governs Agbodza, the action will continue any day the MP shows up in court as their way of expressing solidarity.

“… the NDC Minority will continue to solidarise and stand by its Leader anytime he is due to appear in court.”

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