ANY ATTEMPT TO USE THE HERITAGE FUND TO FINANCE FREE SENIOR HIGH EDUCATION, ONLY AMOUNTS TO BACKWARD THINKING.
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Free secondary education has gained national public discourse for some time now. This was a main subject matter in any public political discourse when the NPP, prior to the 2012 elections, promised Ghanaians free secondary education whiles the NDC the then ruling government promised progressively free secondary education and had indeed started it before leaving power in 2017.
In fact the 1992 constitution of Ghana is very explicit on this matter. I will refer to the necessary provisions in the following paragraph.
I have always supported free education though I disagree with the wholesale implementation strategy of it by the NPP at a go. Free education would provide a level playing field for the rich and marginalized in our Ghanaian society and that is very fair for fairness and equality in a civilized developing nation like ours. I have always said that free education is feasible only through progressiveness as implied in article 38 under the directive principles of state policy. The progressive approach adopted by the erstwhile NDC government is also supported by article 25(b) which says "secondary education in its different forms including technical and vocational education shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education."
Interestingly, the NPP before it was elected into power had always run away from any debate on how they were going to fund their free education policy. All they say is that we have the resources and that it is all about resource allocation.
Less than three months into power, the NPP government has revealed its intention to use the heritage fund to finance its free education policy. Really!!
Kindly refer to the news item below.
Very interesting! Do the NPP actually understand the wisdom behind the heritage fund?
Well, for the purposes of first time readers on this subject matter, let me shortly explain the heritage fund.
The Heritage Fund is a strategic endowment reserve established to “support the development for future generations when Ghana's petroleum reserves have been depleted”, according to the Petroleum Revenue Management Act of 2011. The fund receives nine per cent of the country's annual petroleum revenue. I will forever remember Prof Evans Atta Mills of blessed memory for leaving behind this legacy. A legacy which envisioned to create a better future for the next generations.
It is only commonsensical for any visionary leader, to develop or support, long term goals. For the NPP to think of *"raping"* the long envisioned goal to fulfil their political promise of free education is only a sign of a leadership that lacks vision and critical thinking. It is a very cheap way of solving a problem. Any innovative leadership that is committed to implementing its agenda would certainly device innovative ideas through the necessary legislations. You cannot rob Peter to pay Paul in this manner!! It is backward thinking, lazy thinking and a clear case of desperation anchored in political expedience against economic and legal wisdom.
Clearly, the senior minister, Osafo Marfo, is only consistent with his bias against long term planning for this country. He made it known during his vetting that he is personally against any development planning that is beyond ten years. What he should know therefore is that governance is about national vision and not personal convictions. His words certainly does not match his much touted experience that attracted him his political accolade as senior minister, amidst controversy in national discourse. He is yet to prove that experience and seniority.
What makes the NPP more hypocritical is that when a similar suggestion was made by Asiedu Nketia somewhere in 2014 that government could use the heritage fund to support the then development agenda by the NDC government, they(NPP) castigated him and indicated fiercely that any attempt by the then government to make any proposal of that sort, would be resisted. My question is, what is different today that the NPP think it can use the heritage fund differently from the original intended purpose of the fund? Is the NPP being fair to discerning citizenry? Be reminded with the publication below,
I will be extremely flabbergasted if discerning citizens, think tanks and civil society groups allow the NPP government to use this heritage fund in this manner. I am very disappointed at the senior minister and others who think that there is no wisdom behind the heritage fund. We cannot continue with this level of lazy thinking, nonsensical approach and political convenience again visionary socioeconomic consensus. We are becoming a laughing stock to the outside world because of our level of hypocrisy and double standards as clearly demonstrated by the senior minister Hon Osafo Marfo.
Enough of this hypocrisy!
Shall be back.........