The Coalition Of Ashanti Students For Development (CASFoD) in a press statement has in which a copy has been send to Myghanamedia.com has throws Support behind National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the former President John Dramani Mahama.
Read the full statement below:
For Immediate Release
Friday 4th December, 2020
COALITION OF ASHANTI STUDENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT (CASFoD) THROWS SUPPORT BEHIND NDC AND JOHN MAHAMA.
Going into December 7th elections, Coalition of Ashanti Students for Development (CASFoD) has noted with keen interest proposed educational policies and programs of the two main Political parties: the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and New Patriotic Party (NPP) as captured in their manifestos.
We have analyzed both manifestos critically and come to realized that the NDC has better educational policies for our beloved Country.
Below are few sectoral reasons for our decision.
1. Basic Education
The NPP government hiding behind new educational reforms has introduced Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), a subject many has described as affront to the culture and tradition of Ghana. With public outcry, the government forcibly suspended it’s implementation. We have no doubt that the implementation will kick off if this government is maintained.
In addition the new curriculum came with no teaching and learning materials most especially, text books for our kid brothers and sisters.
It’s refreshing however to note that the NDC has promised to scrap CSE from the new curriculum and address the issue of teaching and learning aide.
2. Secondary Education.
The poor implementation of the constitutional provision of free SHS has brought difficulties to students, parents and teachers in the country leading to double tracking system. With the emergence of covid-19, we foresee our problems escalating, as double track will not solve the problem of congestion. Meanwhile the NDC has outlined measure to decongest the secondary schools and abolish double track. This include inclusion of private schools in deprived areas in the free SHS as well as complete the over 100 abundaned community day SHS across the country.
3. Tertiary Education
The NDC has in its people’s manifesto promised to absorb 50% of fees of all tertiary students in all public institutions. This is what the party termed as ‘kyemu p3’. We have taken notice of an amendment of this provision with the promise of ‘fa ninyinaa’.
With this, the next NDC government promises to absorb 100% tuition fees of all Freshers and People Living with Disabilities in tertiary institutions. This is aimed at alleviating the economic impact of covid-19 pandemic on parents, guardians and students.
We as a student’s association, welcome these policies of the NDC party.
We therefore call on all Ghanaians to as a matter of importance vote massively for John Mahama and the NDC to ensure a resounding victory not just for NDC but for the Education system of our beloved country. We call on all our members to rally behind the NDC wherever they are and route for its victory come December 7th.
We have taken note of the NPP government’s desperate attempt of awarding full scholarship to only students of free SHS who enter tertiary institutions next academic year. We wonder why the selectivity.
CASFoD condemns this in no uncertain terms and calls on CSOs to speak up against this descrimination.
MAHMUD ABDUL WALIU KABORE
HARRY KARIKARI ANTWI
WE HAVE PERMANENT INTEREST NOT PERMANENT FRIENDS.
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— COALITION OF ASHANTI STUDENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT (@of_ashanti) March 6, 2020