Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has told Ghanaians that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) went to the Supreme Court to actually stop the implementation of the free senior High school (SHS) programme.
He also said the party sponsored over forty adverts in the media against the programme.
Therefore, he said, it is surprising that they are now claiming to have started the implementation of the programme.
“They even went to the Supreme Court to stop free SHS. They ran over 40 adverts against free SHS. Today the NDC and their flagbearer are looking at us and saying that they started free SHS.
“Are they confused or do they think we have short memories? Their prediction of doom for free SHS has not materialised. The results have shown that quality has not been comprised,” he said.
His comments follow claims by the Presidential Candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, that he started the Free SHS programme.
“We started the programme and the NPP came and continued it,” the former president said.
“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,” he said at Tuobong, a community in the Tempane District of the Upper East Region as part of his campaign tour.
President Akufo-Addo has expressed shock and dismay at these claims, saying they are a clear indication that the NDC campaign was collapsing in confusion.
“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,” Mr Akufo-Addo stated.
Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah also in a tweet said: “The millions of Ghanaians impacted by the free SHS program do not have short memories. They know it was envisioned and started by @NAkufoAddo . They will speak on Dec 7.”