The sixteen major programs of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo administration are all up for review, according to Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah.
The Minister stated that this will include the well-known “Free SHS” scheme.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stated the “Free SHS” policy is in its early stages and is open for a reassessment after a number of years in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM.
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According to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, the government has made it clear that the Free SHS will be available to all students who completed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), not just a select few.
“I think right from the beginning government said that we were not going to start the Free Senior High School programme by targeting some and excluding some and that indeed all of those who qualified for senior high school were going to be beneficiaries.
“I think therefore that it is not news if somebody comes to view that the targeting is poor because we ourselves have said from the beginning that we are actually not going to be starting off by targeting anybody,” he said.
“If you compare to what they did in some states in America, this is how they started it and as the year went by then some more targeting was done. Which is exactly what we have announced from the 21st of March, 2020,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah continued that “moving forward, all sixteen flagship programmes will be up for review so that if you have to now amend some of them or re-target some of them, then were get into that space.”