New Patriotic Party (NPP) Deputy Communications Director, Nana Yaw Preko has revealed that the University of Ghana survey on free SHS policy forced Mahama to change his stance about what he claimed wasn’t possible initially.
University of Ghana to conduct a survey to seek the opinions of Ghanaians on the free SHS policy. The findings from the survey revealed that majority of Ghanaians are afraid that should NDC come back to power the free SHS would be cancelled.
He claimed that after hearing this ” Mahama summoned a meeting to tell the NDC to review their stance on free SHS. He said if that is what would prevent the NDC from winning the election then nobody in the NDC should openly speak against the free SHS in the public domain”
Nana Yaw Preko also revealed that the promises by former President John Dramani Mahama about double track wasn’t out of his ingenuity but rather stolen from the findings by the University of Ghana survey that revealed that Ghanaians dislike the double track system.
He added: “Then again what the University of Ghana survey also revealed was that Ghanaians were not happy with the double track system. So Mahama told them to say that when they come to power, they would do away with the double track system.
He concluded: “So this is what has made Mahama to change his stance on free SHS because left alone if not for the University of Ghana survey he doesn’t believe in free SHS policy. But when he realized that the survey outcomes didn’t favour him, he quickly changed his stance just for votes in order to come back again to cause havoc.”
University of Ghana Survey
A research by the political science department of the University of Ghana has revealed that the double-track policy has topped a list of government policies disliked by Ghanaian voters within two years of the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led administration.
The research gathered the views of 5,000 Ghanaian voters, sampled from 590 electoral areas in 80 constituencies across all the 10 regions, on the performance of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government since it took office in January 2017.
When asked to indicate which government policy they disliked most, a total of 1,019 respondents, representing 20.8 per cent mentioned the double-track policy, making it the highest figure in over 15 policies such as the tax on luxury goods, building of the national cathedral, and the One district, One factory policies that made the list.
According to the survey, although some 63 per cent of respondents supported government’s Free Senior High School Policy because “it has enhanced access to education,” a section of them expressed dislike for the double-track system because they are “confused about the manner at which it is been implemented.”