Free SHS rendering won’t be smooth, simple – Mathew Opoku Prempeh

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The Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh says the execution of the Primary government Nana Akufo-Addo’s leading campaign guarantee of 100 % free secondary high school (SHS) which starts this September 2017 won’t be smooth and easy.

Mathew Opoku Prempeh also included that technical and skilled education would be given the priority it should get at the secondary level under the Nana Akufo-Addo-led administration.

The Member of Parliament for Manhyia North said this when he addressed recipients of the 2017 Independence Day awards at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra.

He advised the award recipients to be consistent with the success in order to become role models among their other students.President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says govt would fund the cost of public senior high schools (SHS) for all those who be eligible for a entry from the 2017/2018 educational year forward.

He described that by 100 % free SHS there will be no entrance charges, no library charges, no science center charges, no computer lab charges, no examination charges and no utility charges.

Spelling out the details of the plan “so that no one in Ghana is left in any doubts”, President Akufo-Addo included that in addition to educational costs which is already 100 % free, there will be 100 % free books, 100 % free boarding and 100 % free meals, and day learners will get a meal in class for 100 % free.”

“Free SHS will also cover agriculture, skilled and technical institutions at the high school level stage. I also want to mention clearly again that we have a well-thought-out plan that requires the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster Senior High Schools,” he included.

Mathew Opoku Prempeh added Since the President’s announcement, there has been a lot of public discussion about the practicality of the program.

In an interview with Joy News, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Maafo suggested govt might use the Heritage fund to take care of the project that is expected to cost the nation GHC3.6 billion cedis annually.

Civil society organizations and political opponents criticized govt for considering the use of the heritage Fund to finance the program.

But New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP on Parliament’s Finance Panel came out to say govt has not taken any certain decision to use the heritage Fund to finance the policy and advised all to wait for your budget range.


The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, had the final word when he said Thursday that the policy would be financed from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA

Presenting the maiden Budget Statement and Economic Policy he revealed that it would cost govt GH¢400 million to apply the 100 % free SHS program for the 2017/2018 educational season.

 

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