Free SHS program not under stress – Education Minister

Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum despite the call for the 4-year-old Free SHS program to be reviewed has said the Free Senior High school policy is not facing challenges as some Ghanaians claim.

Speaking to journalists, Dr. Adutwum said a total of GH¢97 million has been released to the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) to mobilize food items in the various warehouses in the country for supply to senior high schools (SHSs).

The GH¢97 million which covers the first quarter of 2021, he said is to ensure that there are enough food items in the various warehouses for supply to schools under the Free SHS program.

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“The government additionally has released another GH¢86 million to headmasters to take care of perishables, while school uniforms have been procured,” the Minister told the media.

The Education Minister insisted the Free SHS program is not under stress adding that calls for some parents to be made to pay school fees under the policy are baseless.

“I do not see why people are making the argument that we are under stress. I do not see why those who pay taxes should now be called upon to pay school fees,” the Bosomtwe MP stated.

Describing the free SHS policy as a permanent feature, the Educationist said there are no challenges, hence no need for parents to pay to sustain the popular social intervention program.

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