The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has promised tertiary students across the country free laptops for their online studies if the party is elected into power after the December 7 polls.
The running mate of the party, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang explained that this has become necessary as a result of the impact of the pandemic on the educational sector.
She made this known at the launch of the party’s Manifesto ahead of the 2020 general elections at the University of Professional Studies, Accra on Monday September 7, 2020.
“We also recognize the inequities that virtual learning in this pandemic has laid to bear. So we will provide free laptops to tertiary students to facilitate participation in online classes. We will also establish free Wi-Fi zones in all public and tertiary institutions,” she said.
The National Democratic Congress, during the manifesto launch further stated that it will expand the reach of the Free Senior High School programme if it secures victory in the upcoming general elections.
Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang revealed that the second-cycle schools in the private sector also need to be roped into the national initiative.
“We plan to make the Free SHS more inclusive by expanding it to cover students in private senior high schools in under-served and deprived parts of the country,” she said.
The programme has been a flagship policy of the current New Patriotic Party administration which has substantially increased enrollment in senior high schools.
The manifesto themed the ‘People’s Manifesto: Jobs, Prosperity and more’, is said to address the real needs of Ghanaian.
The manifesto put together by 21 persons within the NDC is divided into six thematic areas: fixing the economy, promoting human development, providing infrastructure for growth, providing decent jobs, good governance and corruption and deepening international relations and foreign affairs.