20
Tue, Nov
4 New Articles

FINAL-YEAR DAY STUDENTS ENROLLED IN FREE SHS

Politics

Final year day students in the various senior high schools across the country have been enrolled on the Free Senior High School policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo led government.

Final year day students in the various senior high schools across the country have been enrolled on the Free Senior High School policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo led government.

 

The policy, introduced in September last year, catered for the 2017 and 2018 intake of students, leaving out the final year students who were already in school at the time the policy took off.

However, a release from the Ghana Education Service, signed by its Director-General, Professor Kwasi Opoku Amankwa, said as part of the Free SHS package day students in form three have been absorbed by the government.

The statement added that only boarding students in form three are supposed to pay the approved fees unless the fee item is subsidised by the government.

The release entreated all regional directors of the Ghana Education Service to treat the directive with urgency.

“Any fees already paid by students in excess of the approved fees for the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic year should be credited to the students for the second semester,” the release added.

Agitations

It can be recalled that last year after the implementation of the policy, some SHS students who were not covered by the policy demanded their inclusion.

According to them, though it was a good policy, they were unhappy that they have not included.

They further argued that their parents voted for the government to make the policy a reality, and were expecting the relief of not having to pay fees to cut across.

Policy is here to stay

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said contrary to what “the motivated propagandists and the professional naysayers” would have the Ghanaian people believe, the Free Senior High School policy has come to stay.

He has assured that the policy is going to be a permanent feature of the educational architecture of the country and will remain a significant tool for the rapid socio-economic development of Ghana.

He added when he gave a speech some months ago at the 70th anniversary celebration of the Ghana National College that he knows no better way to create a society of opportunities and empowerment for every Ghanaian than through education.

With 90,000 more students entering senior high school than they did in 2016, President acknowledged that the introduction of the policy meant that there would be challenges of infrastructure that attended this large input.

Mahama counters free SHS

Meanwhile, former President John Mahama has promised to review the policy if elected President in December 2020.

Mr Mahama who is seeking to lead the party into the 2020 general elections described the policy as ill-timed when he addressed party faithful at the Cape Coast North constituency in the Central region during a recent tour.

The former President suggested that the policy was struggling because government failed to assemble experts and stakeholders for a national conference on education to deliberate on it.

The former president said evidence of the ill-planned free SHS policy was seen in the challenges of overcrowding which it faces.

"Our NPP friends, they don't listen to advice, they think they know everything," he criticised.