The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is promising to pay the fees of all tertiary students for the 2020/2021 academic year if elected in the 7 December elections.
The national chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, in a statement on Tuesday said: “The National Democratic Congress (NDC), announces that it has accepted for incorporation in the People’s Manifesto, the recommendation of the Education Policy Group of the party that the next NDC government absorbs the full school fees of Ghanaian students who will be admitted to tertiary institutions in the 2020/2021 academic year.”
The policy, according to the NDC, is an enhancement of “our commitment in the People’s Manifesto to absorb 50% of the school fees of all tertiary students for the 2020/2021 academic year through the ‘KYEMUPE’ policy, which will now apply to only continuing students in tertiary institutions in the country”.
The statement added: “The flagbearer of the party, H E John Dramani Mahama, will in due course throw more light on this enhanced package for Ghanaian students who will be admitted to tertiary institutions next year, dubbed ‘FA NINYINAA’.”
NDC out of ideas
Meanwhile, the deputy campaign manager of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mustapha Hamid, has criticised Mahama’s recent claim that he introduced the Free Senior High School programme in 2015.
Addressing a news conference on Monday, Dr Hamid said the NDC is bereft of ideas.
“They walked out of Parliament. When we sought to introduce free SHS they pooh-poohed it and said it was not possible. I can recount all the serious programmes that have transformed lives in Ghana – free maternal care, NPP; capitation grant, NPP; school feeding, NPP; Metro Mass Transit, NPP; NHIS, NPP; One District, One Factory, NPP; Planting for Food and Jobs, NPP; One Village, One Dam, NPP; Free SHS/TVET, NPP; Zongo Development Fund, NPP; One Ambulance, One Constituency, NPP; One District, One Warehouse, NPP,” he said.
“So, any time the NDC come into office, what do they do? Nothing. It is all about create, loot and share.
“The bankruptcy of ideas on the part of the NDC is even more telling in this election cycle. Go onto the streets and ask people what they remember about the NDC manifesto. They will tell you two things: okada and mortuaries for Muslim communities.”