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We have not sanctioned anyone to be Free SHS ambassador - Edu. Ministry responds to NDC's allegations

By Mutala Yakubu
Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Minister for Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The Ministry of Education has responded to allegations by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that, the government is using its Free Senior High School (SHS) ambassadors to run political campaigns for the NPP in Senior High Schools.

The NDC's claims were based on a viral video that showed a man who is said to be a teacher of Suhum Presby telling students to convince their parents to retain the NPP government if they want to still enjoy the Free SHS policy.

The Ministry of Education however say they do not recognize the said ambassador who was captured in a video making rounds on social media.

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Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Education, Vincent Ekow Assafuah, says investigations to bring the perpetrators to book will commence soon.

“The Ghana Education Service or the Ministry of Education has not sanctioned anybody to go round the Senior High Schools and claim to be a Free SHS Ambassador. One will remember that when we started the implementation of the Free SHS policy, we appointed and nominated one ambassador in the name of Abraham Attah who is a known movie actor.”

Mr. Assafuah further said they will investigate the issue to bring the perpetrators to book.

“So, if anybody going around claiming to be a free SHS ambassador, that person has not been sanctioned by the Ministry. We are going to launch a full-scale investigation into this matter. It will also depend on the status of the person; if the person is not a teacher then it will be a problem. But if the person is a teacher, then the GES and Ministry have their own punitive measures if someone flouts its rules and regulation," he spoke to Citi News.

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Meanwhile, a Ranking Member on Parliament’s Education Committee Peter Kotoe Nortsu, has called for the headmaster of the Suhum Presbyterian School to be sanctioned, for allowing his students to be exposed to politics.