The cost of free SHS is inflated, we need a forensic audit to determine the true cost- NDC MP
A Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak has called for a forensic audit and bi-partisan probe into the cost of the free senior high school.
The lawmaker who represents the people of Builsa South says the exact amount of money invested into the free senior high school has come into question.
Dr. Apaak said a bi-partisan committee should be set up to probe the conflicting figures on the exact amount invested in the free SHS policy.
Presenting the 2022 budget statement, the Finance Minister disclosed that an amount of Ghc5.2 billion has been invested in the SHS policy.
However, official documents he submitted to the house pegged the figure at Ghc7.62 billion.
The MP said “on the floor of parliament vis-a-vis to hear the vice president said and the fact that Ofori-Atta is quoting Ghc5.3 billion. What is now being challenged by the Ministry of Education makes my case for a thorough probe and forensic audit valid.
If you want my honest opinion, there was an inflated expenditure on the back of the free SHS policy and indeed, no Ghc7.62 was invested, it was much less than that.”
The former lecturer and presidential staffer had raised concerns over the matter.
He believes there is a clear case of corruption that must be probed to expose the rot and true expenditure of the policy.
He said the government has not been transparent and accountable to the people, and that raises the fundamental question of whether the president is committed to protecting the public purse as he promised.