The National Democratic Congress (NDC), says the party in 2015 launched its progressively free senior high education.
Addressing the press on Thursday, the party’s Communication Director Sammy Gyamfi described President Akufo-Addo as dishonest because he knew and once praised candidate John Dramani Mahama.
He said it sounds strange for the NPP to make claims that they started the policy when documents and records point to the fact that the former administration started the policy.
He further slammed the NPP for taking the credit for solving dumsor when it was obvious Mahama solved it before leaving office.
The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani Mahama, has posited that the Free Senior High School (Free-SHS) programme was started by the NDC government in 2015.
The former president said the current NPP government poorly implemented the programme, which forced them to adopt the double track system and that he would abolish it when voted into power.
“We started the programme and the NPP came and continued it. Unfortunately the implementation has been very poor, and so it ended us in double track. I assure you my country men, that within one year, I will cancel the double track,” Mr Mahama said at Tuobong, a community in the Tempane District of the Upper East Region.
Reacting to this, the president expressed shock.
When I promised to bring Free SHS, he said it was not possible and that I was lying to Ghanaians for their votes and that it was going to take over two decades before Ghana could implement such a policy,” he stated.
Addressing drivers and market women at the Odorkor Trotro Station in Accra he said former President Mahama before 2016 told Ghanaians that even if he had Gh₵2 billion, he would not spend it on free SHS, but use it on something better.
The President said it was shocking that the very person who said it was not possible would turn round to claim that he brought the free SHS.
However, the NDC says the president is dishonest and corrupt hence has refused to speak the truth.
Sammy Gyamfi challenged journalists to fact-check the issues and help to set the record straight.