General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil has waded into the debate of free education, which has become the central theme for the campaigns by the various political parties ahead of December’s general elections.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) led the debate by proposing free education at the Senior High School level if it is voted into governance, but ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) countered by declaring, what the nation needed is quality education at all levels but not free education.
Delivering a sermon to his congregation, Pastor Otabil said people tend to be happy when they hear promises as this, simply because they “can't understand what is going on”.
“I’m sure when you hear all that you are happy, education can never be free, somebody is paying for it, tell me who is paying for it…..nothing is free. You are paying for it only that you are being told you didn’t pay for it. How do you pay for it, through taxation...So I may tax and you tell me you are giving me free education when it's my tax that is paying for it.
"The other thing is, if somebody tells you something is free ask them what is the quality; anything free without control, when it is bad you can’t complain. If you don’t know the quality, don’t take it,” Pastor Otabil posited.
The Chancellor of the Central University College however encouraged his congregant, to rather push for better remuneration in order for them to pay their children’s education “so my child does not become a property of the state”.
“You start getting knowledge and you become totally dangerous to everybody who wants to oppress you".