On Wednesday, October 21, 2020,The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia addressing a durbar at Kwame Danso in the Sene West constituency stated that the Free Senior High School programme would have been non-existent if the National Democratic Congress won power in 2016.
He also stated that the NDC does not have the capability to deliver the NPP’s Free SHS programme since they weren’t able to pay allowances of teacher trainees and Arabic instructors during its tenure.
That was a clear indication they couldn’t provide the Free SHS which numerous Ghanaians benefit from today, the Vice President suggested.
The Vice President also stated that:
“President Akufo-Addo’s promise to make Senior High School Education in Ghana free was met with a lot of scepticism from the National Democratic Congress. In 2016, the NDC said we couldn’t deliver the Free Senior High School Programme. They said we couldn’t do it.”
To give more details on the topic, Dr. Bawumia added that; “The NDC were unable to pay Arabic Instructor’s allowances and teacher trainee’s allowances which were GHS70 million. If they couldn’t pay for those, how then could they have paid for the Free SHS which cost GHS2.2 billion? If the NDC were still in power, we wouldn’t have the free SHS programme,” .
The Vice President , along his speech stated that ;“You all can bear witness that the NPP’s performance in these four years is better than the 24 years the NDC has been in power. Akufo-Addo placed measures to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 in Ghana by providing free water and electricity to citizens. This has never happened before in Ghana. I therefore urge you all to vote for the Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP parliamentary candidate.”