As the New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised Ghanaians Free SHS, the John Dramani Mahama led National Democratic Congress (NDC) has hinted to introduce free tertiary education in their next tenure of office.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications member, Onasis Rosely Kobby in an interview with the Kumasi based Hello 101.5 FM disclosed that free tertiary education promise is among others in the NDC’s yet to release manifesto.
The spokesperson hinted this while wishing the prospective 2020 WASSCE candidates the best of luck as they prepare to sit for their examination scheduled for August 3, 2020.
“I want to use this opportunity to encourage all the WASSCE candidate, I send God’s blessings upon them,” Rosely Kobby wished.
“They need to pass so they can vote for John Mahama in order for them to attend university for free, as Mahama has promised.” the spokesperson hinted.
Onasis Rosely Kobby when asked if the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said to make tertiary education free replied: “Don’t worry, our manifesto will be out.”
Meanwhile, the former Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa earlier this week took to social media to make posts that indicated that despite the government’s claims of increasing enrolment through Free SHS, the number of students who have sat for the WASSCE during the tenure of former President John Mahama far exceeds the number of students coming out as the first graduates from the Free SHS programme.
“Unimpeachable statistics from the West African Examination Council (WAEC) reveal that in 2012, a total of 174,461 candidates sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). This figure impressively shot up during the tenure of President John Mahama to 274,262 candidates who sat for the 2016 WASSCE. This represents an actual increment of a staggering 99,801. That is by some 57.2% over the period.”
“Therefore, in four years – President Mahama increased WASSCE candidates by 99,801 while President Akufo-Addo has increased the same by only 39,575,” he added.