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STATESMAN OPINION: ALL MUST SUPPORT FREE SHS

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The New Patriotic Party government, true to its word, has honoured one of its flagship programmes, the Free Senior High School policy, which is scheduled to take off by next week.

The New Patriotic Party government, true to its word, has honoured one of its flagship programmes, the Free Senior High School policy, which is scheduled to take off by next week.

 

The policy, which would lessen the burden of parents with regards to the payment of tuition and other fees, has been welcomed and being supported by majority of Ghanaians to ensure its success.

However, typical of every new initiative, there are bound to be glitches here and there. But we at the Daily Statesman are of the firm belief that with the research and work put into the policy, and the determination of the government and all well-meaning Ghanaians, the policy will certainly succeed.

Even though some hundreds of students are still finding it difficult accessing the GES site to secure their placements into schools of their choice, we believe the challenge will be surmounted. After all, these challenges even existed in the past where government was not implementing such a BIG policy.

We believe the assurances from the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service that all the candidates who took part in the recent Basic Education Certificate Examination and passed would get placement should be enough relief for parents whose wards are yet to get placements.

President Nana Akufo-Addo had pledged to prioritize education, and we believe he and his government will do whatever needs to be done to ensure that the free SHS policy becomes a success.

What is left is for all Ghanaians, especially the major stakeholders in the educational sector, to give it the maximum support.

We also want to use this medium to reiterate the government’s notice to all parents and wards that they must not pay any fees demanded by heads of Senior High Schools since the government is taking care of all such expenses.

Knowing how important education is, the Akufo-Addo led government does not want money to be the reason why a student should not go to school.

To this end, PTA-levied fees like utilities, development levy, and even teacher motivation are all being borne by the government.

In the past, we had seen students drop out of school because of examination fees, PTA dues, welfare dues, among others but, these should become a thing of the past.

Every qualified Ghanaian child must benefit from the free SHS policy. Thus, the onus now lies on parents and teachers to ensure their wards and students learn hard and get the grades to qualify for placement into schools.

The free SHS policy is for every qualified Ghanaian child and so all of us have a responsibility to contribute to its success to guarantee a better future for our nation.