The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr John Dramani
Mahama, says the next government of his party will invest in secondary education to
eliminate the double track system.
He says this will ensure that all students attend school at the same time and get adequate
contact hours from their teachers.
Addressing the Queenmother and elders of Berekum on Monday, Mr Mahama said his
government will abolish the double track system by completing the remainder of the 200
Community Day Senior High Schools as well as invest in new schools and additional
infrastructure such as dormitories, libraries and classrooms in existing schools.
He added that private schools in deprived communities will also be enrolled for the Free SHS programme to give students in those communities equal opportunity.
Mr Mahama, who repeated his promise to implement a Free Primary Healthcare for all to
eliminate cost as a barrier to universal healthcare when elected as president in the
December 7 elections, said the People’s Manifesto, the NDC’s manifesto for the 2020
elections, promises to increase maternity leave from three to four months as well as
introduce a seven-day paternity leave to enable fathers support new mothers and bond
with their babies.
He said his government will build two cashew processing factories in Bono and Bono East to
support cashew farmers in the area and complete the abandoned Berekum town roads
which were part of the Mahama administration’s cocoa roads project.
Mr Mahama said the next NDC government will also establish a campus of the University of
Energy and Natural Resources in Berekum, as originally planned, and legalise and regulate
okada to make it safe and guarantee operators decent and sustainable income.