Mr Boakye Agyarko, the campaign manager of the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has said that the proposed free secondary education by the party was highly feasible emphasizing that it is absolutely necessary for the nation to afford every child an opportunity to be properly educated.

The NPP and its flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, came under heavy criticism last week after the flagbearer failed to reveal how much it would cost the nation to implement such a project in an interview on BBC’s HARDTALK programme.

The party later said the project would cost about $150 million in the first year and a subsequent $400 million by the end of four years.

Many critics cast doubts on the viability of the project with policy think tank IMANI Ghana, saying the project was unrealistic.

However, Mr Agyargo insisted in an interview with Joy FM’s Central Regional Correspondent Richard Kwadwo Nyarko , that it was time for the nation to take tough decisions.

As far as he was concerned, the feasibility of the free secondary education depended largely on where on their priorities Ghanaians placed education and their willingness of to make that a reality.

“…When u say something is feasible what does it mean? Does it mean you have money or does it mean you are willing to commit resources to get something done?” he quizzed.

“We [the NPP] are saying that because it is an absolute necessity we will commit the necessary resources to make sure that education is primary and paramount in our system.

Yes, it is feasible, because it is a necessity…”

Mr Agargo urged the Ghanaians to escape mediocrity by insisting on doing the things that we think are easy” and rather “stretch ourselves.”

“Any country that strives only to do the easy things,” he maintained, “remains a mediocre nation. You must strive to do the difficult things in order to excel.”


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