The Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osie Adutwum has said the government has spent GH¢7.7 billion on Free SHS since the flagship policy was implemented in 2017 to 2021.
According to him, the policy has ensured that over 1.2 million students have benefitted and provided an equal opportunity for all Ghanaians students to be educated at the secondary education level.
Breaking the amount spent on the policy down at the Minister’s press briefing, Dr Adtwum said an amount of GH¢480 million was spent on the Policy in 2017, GH¢1.3 billion in 2018, GH¢1.6 billion in 2019, GHC2.4 billion in 2020, while GHC1.9 billion would be spent this year.
He reiterated the government’s resolve to provide free and quality secondary education to all Ghanaians students.
However, with the double-track system, the education minister said it will be hopefully phased out in the next three years.
“We may not have the best education system in the world, but we had made giant strides over the past four years,” Dr Osei-Adutwum stressed.
“For education to be fit-for-purpose, we should have students who are creative and critical thinkers, especially in this Fourth Industrial Revolution to navigate the world,” Dr Osei-Adutwum added.