Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has hailed the impact of the government’s free SHS policy in terms of helping working families deal with the steep rise in the cost of living.
Speaking during an interview with Kenyan television channel KTN News, a subsidiary of the Standard Media Group, the Vice President said the policy, which made secondary education free in Ghana, has been a huge help to families in navigating the current difficult global economic climate.
Yhe Vice President was speaking regarding Ghana’s economic situation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict and the measures being implemented to combat it.
“Ghana has been no exception and I’m sure Kenya has not been an exception, either because food prices and energy prices have gone up and they have inflationary consequences and exchange rate consequences and they have really squeezed budgets in that respect. In Ghana, we are trying to deal with it in this context of the very squeezed and tight budget on the monetary policy side. The Central Bank is trying to contain inflation through their monetary policy.,” he said.
“There have been a number of interest rate increases to try to contain the situation. Government continues to offer free senior secondary school education to our citizens which has also continued to lessen the burden on families in terms of cost of living. Otherwise, without it, it would have been much worse,” Bawumia contended.
In the same interview, Bawumia made it clear that running for President is currently not his highest priority but would turn his attention to that once the time comes.
“I think right now, I’m just focused on helping my boss the president Nana Akufo-Addo fufill his vision and deliver on his agenda. We don’t really have too much time for thinking about 2024 right now. I think that if you get to 2024 and you don’t have a record, you will have nothing to campaign on. So right now, we are focused on that and we don’t know what the future holds but we will focus on the work for now.” He said.