President Nana Akufo-Addo has responded to comments from some National Democratic Congress MPs that his flagship

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Former President John Mahama, who set to run for president again, has questioned the full implementation of the programme when the constitution says it should be done progressively.

In addition, various NDC communicators and MPs have predicted the collapse of the programme.

President Akufo-Addo on Saturday said "free SHS is here to stay," adding that the NDC has a record of scrapping pro-poor policies.

“I know, and I am sure I am not the only one who has heard, the people who are mounting political platforms, speaking on television and radio, and putting up posts on social media, hoping and praying for this policy to collapse,” he said at the 60th Anniversary Celebrations of the Kumasi Academy, in Kumasi.

He continued, “We know those who have a record for scrapping pro-poor policies – nursing and teacher trainees will bear testimony. I wish to assure them that Free SHS will be sustained, that Free SHS is here to stay. The overwhelming majority of Ghanaians support the choice that I have made in implementing Free SHS”.

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Meanwhile former President Mahama has said a future NDC government will not scrap the programme despite the part's prediction of the collapse of the programme.