Actor John Dumelo says SHS is ‘Not Free’ as he tells the truth


Political cum actor, John Dumelo punctured holes in the vaunted free SHS policy of the NPP by suggesting that it is a scam because there is no evidence that it’s free.

According to him, the government increased taxes in the country intelligently astronomically so parents instead of paying tuition used the funds to pay their taxes; an indication that Senior High Education School is not free as touted by the NDC.

“Free SHS is not really free as they claim because we pay indirectly through various sources, there is nothing like Free SHS,” he said.

The aspiring MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency said, in any case, the government could have waited and built more schools, expanded the infrastructure of various senior high schools across the country, train and equip existing and current teachers use also more teachers before implementing the policy because currently people have lost confidence in the secondary school education in Ghana.

“Many Ghanaians have lost confidence in the upper free high school because the government traded quality for quantity, the system is to include the masses and not the quality of education,” said in Accra Adom FM in an interview.

They however maintained that Governments impose charges on their citizens and businesses as a means of raising revenue, which is then used to meet their budgetary demands. This includes financing government and public projects as well as making the business environment in the country conducive for economic growth.

Importance of Taxes in Society

Without taxes, governments would be unable to meet the demands of their societies. Taxes are crucial because governments collect this money and use it to finance social projects.

Some of these projects include:

• Health

Without taxes, government contributions to the health sector would be impossible. Taxes go to funding health services such as social healthcare, medical research, social security, etc.

• Education

Education could be one of the most deserving recipients of tax money. Governments put a lot of importance in development of human capital and education is central in this development. Money from taxes is channeled to funding, furnishing, and maintaining the public education system.

• Governance

Governance is a crucial component in the smooth running of country affairs. Poor governance would have far reaching ramifications on the entire country with a heavy toll on its economic growth. Good governance ensures that the money collected is utilized in a manner that benefits citizens of the country. This money also goes to pay public servants, police officers, members of parliaments, the postal system, and others. Indeed, with a proper and functioning form of government, there will be no effective protection of public interest.

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