Former President John Dramani Mahama’s assertion that complaints about bedbugs in Senior High Schools are as a result of Double Track System has been described as “below the belt campaign message.”
According to the Second Vice Chairman for Suame Constituency of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Richard Akwasi Asante, the former president is just engaging in ‘sheer propaganda’ with the issue of bedbugs in SHSs.
“Former President Mahama is painting a picture as if NPP government imported the bedbugs into the country. He should stop peddling lies!,” Mr Asante said in interview on Otec FM in Kumasi.
He stated that such comment from a Former President is unfortunate. “He should have even left it for constituency executives of his party to champion it, because it is shameful for him to add his voice to such an issue,” Mr Asante said.
According to him, even when the Former President was a student, there were bedbugs in secondary schools. Hence, attributing the existence of bedbugs in SHSs to the implementation of the Double Track System is ‘childish.’
“When I was in secondary school in 1988/1989 academic year, there were bedbugs in our dormitories and classrooms therefore, to see bedbugs in schools now is no news,” Mr Asante indicated.
He further disclosed that recently government has fumigated more than 600 senior high schools; both dormitories and classrooms, as part of the ‘fight’ against the canker, which has been appreciated by authorities of second cycle schools in the country.
“Former President Mahama, would be a big liar, if he can argue that there were no bedbugs in senior high schools between 2012 and 2016 when he was the president,” Mr Asante asserted.
According to him, government will continue to fumigate second cycle schools to give the students better places to stay to facilitate teaching and learning.
Mr Asante therefore, advised the leaders of opposition NDC to refrain from criticising the introduction of the Free SHS policy since majority of Ghanaians have eulogised the government for such giant decision.