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Opoku Agyemang Challenges NPP to Provide Evidence That NDC Will Cancel Free SHS

Written by on June 27, 2024

John Mahama’s running mate, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has challenged the governing NPP to provide concrete evidence that the NDC plans to cancel the Free Senior High School (SHS) program if elected into power.

Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang reiterated that the NDC will review the Free SHS program to address its existing challenges. She emphasized that claims suggesting the NDC plans to cancel the program are unfounded and merely political maneuvers by the opposition.

Her remarks came in response to assertions by the majority party that NDC legislators are not supporting a bill aimed at regulating the Free SHS program.

Speaking during her visit to Akyem-Tafo in the Eastern region as part of her tour of the Abuakwa North constituency, she stated, “Anyone who has evidence that John Mahama said anywhere that he will cancel Free SHS should provide it. If they cannot, their claims should not be taken seriously. We have never made such statements.”

Referring to the challenges faced during the implementation of the program, she clarified, “During our tenure, did you ever hear of double-track? What we have consistently advocated for is a review of the program to address these challenges.”

During her one-day visit to the Abuakwa North constituency, Professor Naana Opoku Agyemang also visited the Headquarters of the Saviour Church of Ghana at Osiem, where she held a closed-door meeting with the church’s leader, Opanyin Abraham Edusei. Following the meeting, she and her entourage were warmly welcomed in Akyem-Tafo by enthusiastic party supporters.

During her address, Prof. Opoku Agyemang assured that the next NDC government would improve the Free SHS program, much like they enhanced progressively free SHS during John Mahama’s initial term.

“We introduced progressively free SHS because we recognized that school fees were a burden for many parents. Some could afford them, but others could not. Should children from families who can’t afford it be denied the chance to go to school?”

“In our time, we provided essentials like shoes and bags, and there was never a shortage of books,” she added.

“If anyone today claims that the NDC opposes Free SHS, they simply don’t understand what they’re talking about,” she emphasized.

After visiting the chief’s palace, she toured the Akyem-Tafo palm oil extraction factory, which had been devastated by fire, resulting in the destruction of property and gallons of palm oil.

Assuring the victims of her commitment to restoring the factory, the NDC running mate also donated fifty thousand cedis to support them.

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