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Opinions of Saturday, 20 October 2012

Columnist: Appiah-Osei, Lawrence

NPP is a Chameleon on Free Senior High School Education

NPP is a Chameleon on Free Senior High School Education
It is a good thing that the New Patriotic Party Presidential Candidate,
Nana Akuffo Addo has come up with the idea that, under his administration,
Ghana will have a Free Senior High School System beginning in September 2013.
I however, have issues with this idea since it was announced by Nana
Akuffo Addo.
First, when he announced the idea, he said under his administration,
children in Ghana will go to senior high school for free. Then came the problems
with the cost and date when it will start. Several months later, he told
the world in an IEA meeting that it will cost Ghana 78 million Ghana Cedis
and that the program will start in September 2013. (Please note that he
would be sworn-in January 2013)
Several weeks later, there was a statement released by National Union of
Ghana Students (NUGS) which stated that, what Ghana needs now is not Free
High School Education, but Quality High School Education. This means an
education that would give the children a better opportunity of becoming who they
want to be. Not a Free Quantity Education the NPP is promising Ghanaians.
Two days after the NUGS statement, Dr. Bawumia, the Vice Presidential
Candidate for NPP in his tour of the Northern Region, told some chiefs and
people that what NPP would offer them is Free and Quality High School Education
and that the two are possible under the NPP administration. I want the
reader to pay attention to the addition of the Free High School Education. - “
Now some weeks later, when President John Mahama launched the NDC campaign
manifesto at Ho, he mentioned that what Ghana needs now is Quality,
Affordable and Accessible Education and that is what the NDC under his
leadership, would offer to Ghana. Since President John Mahama mentioned that he will
provide Ghanaians with Quality, Affordable and Accessible Education, the
NPP has changed its propaganda again. What the NPP is now saying is that they
will offer Ghanaians Free Quality Affordable Accessible Education. Just
imagine that!!
This is where I have problem with the NPP. They change their educational
message as soon as someone says that is what Ghana needs now. It started
with free senior high school education and it is now Free, Quality,
Affordable, Accessible Senior High Education. This is clear manifestation of
desperation and frustration. The NPP is so desperate for power that they will want
to tell Ghanaians what they (Ghanaians) want to hear. The NPP themselves
know that Fee, Quality, Affordable and Accessible Senior High Education in
September 2013 is just not possible yet, they are selling it to the people of
The NPP want to win power only to turn around and tell Ghanaians that when
they took office, there was no money to even pay the wages and salaries of
workers, let alone to send children to senior high school for free. The
NPP is a chameleon on Free Senior High School Education and cannot be
trusted. Ghanaians should reject this campaign propaganda before they will bite
their fingers. It will be too late by then and they will have to deal with the
worst four years of their lives under the NPP administration.
“The NPP left a big mess for the NDC. They think the NDC is not cleaning
it fast enough and so they want to come back and continue with the same mess”

Lawrence Appiah-Osei
NDC USA Finance Secretary