Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, the running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, claims that her party would perform well in introducing the free SHS scheme.
In an interview on Sharp FM on Monday, Professor Naana Opoku-Agyemang talked about the party’s policies and commitments during her Western Area trip.
Addressing how the free SHS pledges made in the party’s “People’s Manifesto” 2020 will be fulfilled, Prof. Opoku Agyemang said the NDC has a strategy roadmap, and after the party gets the nod on December 7, it will be executed more successfully than the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has done.
According to her, while the NPP has implemented the Free SHS initiative, the enforcement of the policy is very complete and secure, since some financial outlay also falls on parents.
In light of this, she vowed that the NDC will focus on a pragmatic agenda of delivery that would guarantee that the project will be fully free of charge.
Prof Jane pointed to the statistics available on the overall amount of students transferring from Junior High School level (JHS) to Senior High School ( SHS) to assist with the success of the introduction of the curriculum.
This, she said, would better train Senior High Schools sufficiently to develop the procedures required to accept new students added to the program.
While she acknowledged that difficulties are to be expected in enforcing such policies, she also maintains that the NPP should have prevented the dual-track structure that she claims is derailing the standard of education in senior high schools in the region.
“The current condition should inform Ghanaians that there were no proposals for Free SHS at the NPP,” she said.
She added that the NDC’s increasingly free education targets talented yet vulnerable pupils and deprived families to remove the country’s stigma of analphabetism triggered by violence.