NDC SHIFTS POST ON NANA’S FREE SHS
From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
After trying unsuccessfully to discredit Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo’s free Senior High School Policy, some members of the Communication Team of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) appear to be shifting the posts.
Some campaigners of the ruling party seem to have changed their initial pessimistic stance, that the policy was not feasible, to the quality aspect of it.
The ruling NDC has for the past months used every available platform, including the media and public campaigns, to lash out at the flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) over his free SHS policy, insisting that the policy was not practicable.
The ruling party has argued that facilities and other infrastructure were not available to execute the policy, and that the NPP was only building castles in the air, in an attempt to deceive the public into voting for them. They challenged Nana Addo to furnish the public with how much the policy was going to cost this country, and how he was going to secure funds to carry it out.
However, recent comments by some NDC communicators of the ruling party in the Ashanti Region marks a shift from the earlier position, with some saying that even if the NPP is able to implement the policy upon its election into power, it would be bereft of its quality.
Some communicators of the party told The Chronicle under anonymity that the ruling party appears not to be winning the fight against totally discrediting the policy as being unfeasible, and must, therefore, adopt new strategy to deal with it.
According to him, the argument being put forward by the NDC, to the effect that there are no infrastructure to deal with the increasing number of students, defeats the current government claim of making enough facilities available for learning.
“When we say that the policy requires adequate infrastructure, the NPP says that they intend to use the classroom and other facilities, which we say we have constructed; I think that we need to shift from opposing it totally to the quality aspect,” he noted.
He posited that the NPP had acquired some level of credibility, with respect to the implementation of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and so they were using that as a yardstick to defend their stance on the free SHS.
“It looks like they are gaining the trust of the public that since they were able to implement the health insurance, they would, by all means, be able to do the free SHS,” he stated.
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