Mr. Akufo-Addo has no plans to withdraw or reconsider the free Senior High School scheme, according to Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta.
“Let me state that President Akufo-Addo has no intention of reversing significant measures like free SHS. We believe education is the greatest way to achieve change. “We will enhance it to better serve our children,” he declared on March 24.
His remarks came after Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah declared that the government’s 16 flagship programs would be reviewed.
He said the president wants the programs safeguarded and properly executed to benefit all Ghanaians.
“All 16 flagship programs are up for review. So that the effect is accomplished, the President has ordered that the flagship programs be preserved and fully executed
“However, he wants it done inside item #2, which is our budgetary framework. “We will rescope a flagship program based on the caps we are dealing with and see how much we can achieve,” he told Citi FM in Accra on Monday, March 21.
Some have suggested revising the free SHS scheme.
For example, former GIMPA Rector Professor Stephen Adei says the government should exclude Category A or best-performed SHSs from the Free Senior High School scheme.
“We need to revisit it. “I believe we should make certain schools fee-paying so people would go there, but make sure there are excellent community schools for everyone else,” he told Joy News.
No one comes to Achimota, so let the affluent go and pay. Use Achimota cash to build excellent schools in every area so they don’t have to travel.”
In 2018, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta recommended reviewing the program to encourage parents who can afford to pay the fees to do so.
“It is possible that we will need to adjust how we administer it. “I can’t drive away from Achimota or Odorgono with my kid and not pay for anything when I can pay for 10 people,” he told media.
Former President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced the Free Senior High School Policy in 2017.
“Today, we open doors of opportunity and hope for our youth… We owe it to our children and future generations to ensure that their right to education is protected,” the President told an excited gathering at the West Africa Senior High School in Adenta.
“I want every Ghanaian youngster to go to secondary school, not only for the academics, but for the life experiences,” he continued. I want them to look in the mirror every morning and know they can do whatever they desire after they graduate.
“I want students to know that what they learn is relevant now and tomorrow. I want every Ghanaian youngster to realize that with hard effort, they are as competent as anybody else. “I want parents to be proud of their children as they grow into self-assured adults,” the President remarked.