With the Free Senior High School Education project about to kickoff, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the erstwhile deputy Minister of Education has stated that Nana Addo should not take glory for the project as the National Democratic Congress administration started it.
According to the NDC lead, the previous NDC administration commenced the implementation of Free SHS long before handing over power to NPP.
While speaking on the Accra-based radio station, Asempa FM, on Monday, September 4, Mr. Ablakwa blamed the NDC for making the NPP take glory for the programme.
He stated that the lack of good communication skills in the party caused their inability to relay to Ghanaians that they had commenced the programme.
"I think the NDC as a party we need to improve on our communication strategy. Free SHS is not starting in Ghana on the 11th of September this year, it is not President Akufo-Addo who is starting free SHS and many people don’t know this".
Samuel Okudzeto stated that the NDC started laying down the plans for Free SHS some three years ago under then-president John Dramani Mahama.
"The NDC under [former] President Mahama started free SHS", he said.
Okudzeto explained that the NDC took a loan facility from the World Bank under the Secondary Education Improvement Programme. to finance the project.
"The agreement we signed with the World Bank for the next five years at that time – 2014 to 2019 – was on granting scholarships, and implementing free SHS for 10,400 students."
This comes after recent BECE graduates are gearing up to enroll in the Free SHS programme come the start of the next academic year.
Nana Addo and the NPP government has heralded the project as one of the signs of a completion of their campaign promises made to Ghanaians during the 2016 General Elecion.
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