President Akuffo-Addo is calling for a broader conversation on how best to improve the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy in the country.
The conversation that he is calling for, he says, must focus on finding sustainable sources of funding and access for the Free SHS programme.
“One of the things people have been calling for is the review of Free SHS, I think we should have a broader conversation about the incidence of education on our national development”, he said.
According to the President the Ministry of Education is looking at all the issues that have been raised concerning the implementation of the policy and, adding that they will be factored in the policy direction for the programme going forward.
President Akuffo-Addo made these remarks while addressing leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) last Wednesday.
In September 2017, the Akuffo-Addo led New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration began the implementation of the Free Senior High School policy.
The policy, which is in fulfillment of the President’s election campaign promise, is aimed at removing cost barriers to education while expanding access through the provision of infrastructure.
Under the new policy, the government covers all fees for students admitted to public senior and vocational high schools, including boarding fees, meals, textbooks and other charges
NUGS President, Dennis Appiah Larbi, for his part, commended the President Akuffo-Addo for implementing the Free SHS policy.
“It [the Free SHS] creates a huge appeal and enthusiasm amongst people who want to go to tertiary institutions.
“We as student front are proposing that if possible, develop a sustainable means of financing the no guarantor system such that it should be able to help at least 150,000 people in a year”, he appealed