The Free SHS Graduates Assocaition of Ghana (FSGA) have condemned a media publication that describes the group as non-existent and merely fictitious as it congratulated the Energy Minsiter, Dr. Mathew OPOKU Prempeh for his role in making the policy a sustainable one.
In a press statement, the group has outlined its activities and engagements since its inception in March 2020 offering meaning to why they had to congratulate Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh by buying a full ad-space in the Daily Graphic with its own funds generated from the group’s patrons and sponsors.
Read the full statement below as captured by Mypurefmonline.com.
It has come to our notice that some faceless individuals want to dwell on the lack of information to spread lies to the general public about the aforementioned Association.
We the members of Free SHS Graduates Association (FSGA) wish to use this opportunity to set these records straight:
- That the association exist and has existed since June 2020.
- That the association has branches throughout the 16 regions of Ghana.
- That the Association sponsored the advert in the national daily. This is something we planned and sought sponsorship for.
The idea of free SHS Graduates Association was mooted by a number of splinter groups of students who were beneficiaries of the policy from March 2020. Through consultation with other stakeholders such as teachers and lecturers (Patrons), the first official meeting was held in May 2020.
The objectives for setting up the Association is to show appreciation to the President for the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy, promote and sensitize the general public on the need to help sustain the FSHS Educational policy through Television and radio campaigns which considerably garnered support from students-beneficiaries from all parts of Ghana hence, the establishment of the FSGA branches nationwide.
By December 2020, the association had membership throughout Ghana with National and Regional executives.
Since its establishment the group has engaged in major activities including;
• Welcoming the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Kumasi airport on 28th September, 2020.
•Launching of the National association on 11th November 2020 and a Mega Procession to the Kumasi Rattray park.
• Followed by regional inaugurations.
a• November 27th, 2020. Eastern regional launch.
b• December 2nd, 2020. Greater Accra.
c. December 2nd, 2020
Central Regional Branch.
d• House to house campaign on the need to sustain the policy.
e• Radio and tv outreach programs on the impact of the policy and the need to sustain the policy.
f• Assisting students choose and gain admission to various tertiary institution.
With the selflessness of our chief patron and other patrons, the association continue to help Free SHS Graduates in selection of programs at the tertiary level, assisting others who have taken into apprenticeship and organizing seminars on other ventures. We believe the cost of the advertisement under contention is very high, but no one should gross over the significant cost that was incurred on the 11th November, 2020 to transport, feed and organize over 10,000 of the graduates during our mega procession and launch.
We have been fortunate as always to have very generous personalities to support and sponsor our operations.
On the 5th March, 2020, the association issued a statement to congratulate Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Hon. Yaw Osei Adutwum on their nomination as Minister Designates. This was an acknowledgment of the enviable partnership we want to have with our former and current Education Ministers.
We the beneficiaries of the policy are very grateful to the NPP government and the then minister of Education for the policy and its implementation. Ghanaians are again grateful to Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh for the successful implementation of the policy.
Long live Ghana
Long live the NPP Government
Long live Free SHS Graduates Association
Regan Osei Bonsu
Raphael Osei Owusu
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