Delivering highlights of the 2020 NDC manifesto on Monday, September 7, 2020, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, indicated that in ensuring that the numerous challenges facing the implementation of the Free SHS programme are addressed, the next NDC administration will abolish the double-track system.
“we have every plan and desire to make the Free Senior High School Programme much better by ensuring that its numerous challenges are addressed and that higher operational and academic standards are introduced and are sustained...to do this we will abolish the double-track system''
The next NDC administration promise to make free SHS better and more inclusive by extending it to cover Private schools in the country.
''We plan to make the Free SHS more inclusive by expanding it to cover students in private Senior High Schools in underserved and deprived parts of our country ” she said.
Prior to 2017, over 300 thousand JHS leavers were left to end the formal education journey regardless of the good grades they could make.
In many areas of the country, it took chiefs, members of parliament, churches and other societies to consolidate funds to cater for a few within their communities and leave many uneducated.
Many articles had reported that the NDC was against the Free SHS prior to 2016 elections and that the initiative was impossible but the opposition have strongly debunked the ruling New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) claims that the NDC plans to cancel the Free Senior High school programme when it takes over the administration of the Country.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress has also promised to scrap the double-track system with the conviction that every ''Ghanaian deserves quality,relevant education with the thrust towards inclusive education lifelong learning that admits variant skills and competencies''
The next NDC government has also promised to absorb half of fees to be paid by all tertiary students in the country.
"The next NDC administration will absorb 50 percent of fees for tertiary students for 2020/21 academic year as an incentive to mitigate the effects of COVID 19 on students and their families" she said and added that free laptops will also be given out to students to facilitate participation in online classes; all of this is to reduce the burden imposed on parents following the coronavirus pandemic.