Politics of Monday, 26 November 2012
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is apprehensive about defeat in the December 7 polls, following the widespread acceptance of the New Patriotic Party free Senior High School (SHS) promise by Ghanaians.
Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah, New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for New Juaben South, who made the observation, said “the promise by NPP presidential candidate for Election 2012, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to provide free SHS education for every Ghanaian child if voted into power, has been received by the electorate and they would surely vote for the NPP in the December polls”.
The parliamentary candidate asked Ghanaians to ignore NDC propaganda against the free SHS, and vote massively for the NPP on December 7 since it is the best education policy to move the country forward.
Dr Assibey-Yeboah was explaining the free SHS policy to teachers from the constituency, at a forum on Friday at Koforidua.
He said the NDC had realised that the free SHS had been accepted by the electorate, and ‘’the NDC is, therefore, moving heaven and earth, using every strategy possible, to make the people join the party belief that it is not possible to have free SHS education in the country.’’
Professor Samuel Kwadwo Amoako, Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, said Nana Akufo-Addo's vision to make SHS education free was attainable, and it would only take a leader who believes in building the capacity of the people to achieve it.
He said: “Ghana must move forward and this certainly cannot happen under the NDC administration whose leadership does not have the ability to inspire and unleash the can-do spirit on the Ghanaian people for national development”.
Mr Rashid Bawa, former Deputy Minister for Education in the erstwhile President Kufuor administration, said he was not surprised that the NDC was doing propaganda against the free SHS policy.