President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for a larger dialogue on the Free Senior High School program.
He stated that there are influential Ghanaians who are against the Free SHS adding that the program is beneficial.
Addressing the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), Nana Addo said the Education Ministry is looking at the challenges to establish a policy direction moving ahead.
According to him, “One of the things people have been clamoring for is the review of Free SHS, I believe we should have a larger discourse about the impact of education on our national development.”
The Free SHS policy for both boarding and day students in Ghana was established in September 2017 by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Calls for a review of the policy by the same authorities cannot be politically motivated, given it has already garnered widespread praise from experts and industry players.
The Free SHS Policy
Many Ghanaians have called for a reevaluation of the government’s Free SHS program so that it may shift some of the financial responsibilities back to parents without lowering standards.
Prior to this, Prof. Kwasi Opoku Amankwah, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), also called for a reexamination of the policy.
Some school principals have even threatened to shut down their institutions because of the severe food crisis that has recently affected SHSs.
This has increased the pressure for a review, but the administration maintains its position that things are OK as they are.