Free SHS in jeopardy, let rich parents pay their fees- Presby Moderator tells government

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Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mantey, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has said the much-touted Free Senior High School (SHS) policy is now problematic and needs a drastic approach from the government to remedy the situation.

The clergyman said headmasters are struggling to manage their schools owing to funding delays, but they are afraid of being penalised by the government if they complain.

“Ghanaians must be cautious of free things; parents who can afford to pay must pay,” he pointed out during the 70th-anniversary celebration of Abetifi Presbyterian College of Education (ABETICOE) in the Eastern Region of Ghana.

He however applauded the initiative saying if not for the immediate challenges it has been riddled with, it remains one of the best policies of the government.

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He also used the opportunity to remind Ghanaians that his position as Moderator and Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana is not for criticising or fighting the government.

As the leader of the two Christian organizations, he believes he has a responsibility to support and assist the government in power.

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“As a moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, it is not my duty to join opposition. No! No! No! No! I must help every government no matter which government it is to succeed and I will do my best to help the government to succeed and pray for this government that the government will succeed and do better to the glory of God.”

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