Extending Free SHS To Private Schools Is “Unconstitutional” – Majority Leader

The Majority Leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has raised issues with the constitutionality of the NDC’s promise to extend Free SHS to private schools.

According to Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, the promise is not in tandem with the provisions of the 1992 constitution.

Speaking on Kumasi based Angel FM, he argued that the constitution is explicit on the funding for private schools in the country and it can only be amended through a referendum.

“When I heard it I said to myself that this man should be careful about some of the things that he says; I’m talking about the constitution”, buttressing his argument by quoting Article 25 Clause 2 of the 1992 Constitution thus, “Every person shall have the right, at his own expense, to establish and maintain a private school or schools at all levels and of such categories and in accordance with such conditions as may be provided by law.

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“So if you say that you will fund private schools with government money, it offends the constitution; the Article 25 is an entrenched provision, so if you want to change it, you must conduct a referendum according to the constitution; so I get worried listening to him at times and wonder if he would want to abide by the constitution or not.”

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