Nana Akufo-Addo, Flagbearer of the largest?opposition?party the New?Patriotic?Party (NPP) has revealed that his free SHS policy he intends to implement for the people of Ghana when he wins the?Presidential election,?will cost Ghana an amount of 78 million cedis to implement.

Nana Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo

It is on record that the NPP leader touted free Second High School education as a priority on his agenda in the 2013-14 academic year.

The amount represents less than one per cent of the country?s GDP.

He disclosed this when he took his turn at the Institute of Economic Affairs Evening Encounter, Tuesday.

?The additional cost of providing free senior high school will be around one per cent of Ghana?s GDP. The cost of providing Free Secondary School Education which includes tuition, boarding, feeding and all the other charges for the 2013-14 Academic Year is estimated at a 0.1 per cent of our GDP. This translates into some 78 million Ghana cedis,? Nana Addo stated.

He said the party has also made provision for the monumental cost that will come with the increase in enrollment should the free SHS policy be implemented.

?We have made provision for a major increase in enrollment as a result of admitting all JHS students into SHS in 2014-15.

?We expect the cost to rise to 288 million cedis which is 0.3 per cent of GDP in that academic year and increase to 774 million cedis in 2015-16, [which] is 0.7 per cent of GDP.

Nana Akufo Addo mentioned that additional expenditure on teachers, cost of infrastructure, teachers and establishing cluster of schools will “bring the total cost to 755 million cedis, 0.9 per cent of GDP and rise to 1.45 billion cedis which is 1.3 per cent of GDP in 2016,’ pointing out that??free SHS will increase the total education expenditure from 4.1 per cent of GDP in 2011 to 5.8 per cent by 2016, a figure which will still be below the UNESCO minimum of six per cent.?

He stressed that the overall goal of the NPP in education is to remove the biggest obstacles which are cost and access to education with a view to making all children of school going age have access to compulsory education to the SHS level.

Akufo Addo touched on health, economy, corruption, housing among others.

he indicated that, his desire for a peaceful election cannot be in doubt stating that even in the most narrowest of losing margins in the 2008 elections he “lived up to pledge of not allowing a single Ghanaian blood to be dropped.”

He however described himself, as the “transformational leader,” ?whom, if voted into power will reward creativity and enterprise, provide safety nets for the vulnerable, with the rule of law, transparency and accountability becoming pillars in his administration.

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