The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has expressed confidence in the National Democratic Congress (NDC), saying the party is committed to delivering on its promise to provide free laptops for tertiary students across the country when elected into office.
At the launch of the party’s manifesto, 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.
“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.
In an exclusive interview with UniversNews, General Secretary of NUGS, Divine Kwadzodeh said the NDC in 2013 was able to initiate a similar policy hence will not renege on its current promise to provide free laptops for tertiary students if voted into power.
“If we are trying to look at commitment, we have that commitment from the NDC because in 2013 they started something like that. The processes weren’t fully implemented but at least whenever they made the commitment, they made that conscious effort to make that happen,” he indicated.
He argued that in the wake of the Covid–19 pandemic, “the is even more incentive now” to provide the free laptops to tertiary students since there is a disparity in students access to smart tools to aid in online education.
However, Divine Kwadzodeh warned against the distribution of the free laptops on political affiliations stating that “NUGS will not countenance on any situation where a political party will be undertaking a policy that should be student-focused and then the is going to be discrimination based on your political affiliation”.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com