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    NDC’s Beatrice Annan caught ‘pants down’ over Free SHS comment

    A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) communications team, Beatrice Annan, has been exposed for lying about the party’s stance on the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

    A Twitter user, @Bagya_Nurudeen, posted a compilation of old videos that showed Annan claiming that the NDC never campaigned against the Free SHS policy, which was initiated by the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia administration.

    The video, which was captioned “This year, no amount of propaganda and lies will be tolerated. @Beatrice_Annan1 has been exposed” with a pro-New Patriotic Party (NPP) slogan, “Say no to the NDC”, showed Annan speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme.

    “The NDC never campaigned against Free SHS. The NDC was the political tradition that introduced progressive Free SHS,” she said amid shrieks of laughter from another member on the panel who seemed to disagree with her position.

    However, the video also showed other clips of NDC leaders, such as flagbearer John Mahama, General Secretary Fiifi Kwetey, and Director of Interparty and CSOs Relations Peter Boamah Otokunor, speaking heavily against the Free SHS policy and the method of implementation.

    “Free SHS will not be feasible because if you look at the cost of education in this country, in any country, it is very, very expensive,” said Otokunor.

    “When today you look at the NPP going all over the country shouting Free SHS, Free SHS, Free SHS. That is, all lie be lie,” said Kwetey.

    The compilation also had a snippet of an NDC rally where members chanted “Free education 419, Free education 419”. 419 in this context means ‘fraud’.

    The video has sparked a lot of reactions online, with many people accusing Annan and the NDC of being dishonest and hypocritical about the Free SHS policy, which has increased access and quality of secondary education in the country.

    Some people also questioned the credibility and competence of Annan to speak on such matters.” She didn’t have the records, and possibly by then, she was in school,” @AtingaAdombire wrote in the comments in response to the video.


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