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Ghana introduces free secondary education

14 September 2017

According to him, depending exclusively on the country's oil proceeds to finance the program is unsustainable in the medium to long term.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, at Okuapeman SHS earlier this year, spelt out fees that would be absorbed by the Government under the Free SHS Policy.

As an African I have to come and see for myself how he was. The Deputy Minister of Education [Dr Osei Adutwum] has been efficient. "He's done a great job in executing the Free SHS policy".

The Minority in Parliament led by their leader, Haruna Iddrisu criticized the funding mechanism of the policy he described as "noble".

The Free SHS Policy is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs- 4) Target One, which stipulates that; "By 2030, all boys and girls complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes". We aren't following the tradition of opposing Majority's decisions.

"I have a tremendous air of expectancy".

The North Tongu MP however quizzed: "If this government manages to find GHS400 million, why not include students in form 2 and 3?"

As part of that move, he said, the free SHS policy would cover pupils who gained admission to technical, vocational and agricultural institutions.

Meanwhile, the Free SHS was officially launched in Accra on Tuesday, 12 September.

President Akufo-Addo, at the launch of the program at the West Africa Secondary School (WASS) in Accra, said the program will be financed from revenues from Ghana's oil and mineral proceeds.

The President said as was the case with all human endeavours, the government would certainly face challenges in the implementation of the policy, in spite of best preparations and efforts, adding that by the grace of God the policy implementation would not fail.

He continued that the policy is not about the NPP and the NDC and that it should be embraced and supported by all to succeed saying "We are ready to accept in all humility inputs and criticisms". The beneficiaries will not only be those belonging to NPP members or sympathizers.

Dr Opoku-Prempeh noted that the policy was being implemented not because of political expediency, but it was the right thing to do for the people of Ghana.

Ghana introduces free secondary education