70 community day SHSs instead of 200 will be ready by the end of 2016…
President John Framani Mahama has once again assured Ghanaians that 70 out of the promised 200 Community Day Senior High Schools will be completed by the end of the year. Mahama gave out this reassurance while addressing chiefs and people of Sandema in the Builsa traditional area during his campaign tour of the Upper East Region.
In his address, Mahama pointed out that the education sector have witnessed tremendous infrastructural development under his administration. He disclosed that 32 Community Day SHSs have already been commissioned and have already admitted new students.
This number however, falls short of Mahama’s earlier promised in October, during his tour of the Volta Region. Then, the president had assured the people [during his address at the inauguration of the third Community Day SHSs in the region] that, 42 of the schools will be ready by the end of October. He had also stated then, that 70 Community Day SHSs will be ready by the end of 2016.
President Mahama argues that one term is not enough to build 200 schools; adding that he will complete the remaining schools during his second term in office. He therefore, urged the people to vote him in for a second term, so as to enable him complete the project.
Community Day Senior High Schools Brouhaha
The issue of the 200 community day senior high schools which the Mahama-led administration promised to build in their first four years of leadership has raised so much dust, especially as the tenure is coming to an end.
Many have continued to criticize the government for failing to deliver even a quarter of the number of SHSs contained in their 2012 manifesto. At the height of the criticisms, the government had released a list of 123 SHSs which they claimed are at different stages of construction across the country. The list was released in their bid to prove gainsayers wrong.
Meanwhile, the president has been giving several excuses to justify the non-completion of the promised 200 community day senior high schools. Among other excuses, he had accused the opposition New Patriotic Part (NPP), of wasting one year of his tenure with series of litigation.
Worse still, Mahama is now adding salt to the injury of Ghanaians by presenting them with yet another shaky promise, of completing 70 community day SHSs by the end of year 2016. This is contained in the 2016 manifesto, apparently standing as an amendment of the 2012 manifesto.