A group known as the Coalition of Parents of Students in Private Institutions have commended the Presidential Candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama for planning to extend Free SHS to private institutions should he be voted into power.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Coalition’s Chairman, Kudjo Fredoline said the initiative when implemented will lift the financial burden of parents.

According to him, the initiative will also bring equity to the country’s educational system.

“Every child in Ghana deserves the best of care and a piece of the national cake. We are very optimistic that this promise will come true,” he said.

The Coalition then urged its members to show interest in the upcoming elections and support the fruition of this idea and follow up on its implementation.

“These are our rights and nobody should stop us from enjoying them. We are urging our students in private institutions to have hope, that this country will not disappoint them and that, the war of life sometimes begins with difficult battles and it is only those who preserver that succeed.”

The NDC at the launch of its People’s Manifesto ahead of the 2020 election revealed that their next administration will cover the full tuition of students in private schools.

Their pledge is to extend the Free SHS policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in 2017 to absorb school fees of senior high school students in government institutions to private institutions.