Minister of Education, Yaw Osei Adutwum has said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s is committed to his free Senior High School (SHS) policy in his second term.
He explained that, the President is not backing down on the policy.
The Ministers assurance is stemming from claims made by, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) minority in Parliament on the Akufo-Addo government to address the challenges associated with the ‘Free SHS’ policy.
The Minority claims the initiative is blighted by corruption due to the centralization of funds.
In a statement titled “Looming Crisis In Senior High Schools Under the FREE SHS Programme In The Country”, the group catalogued a number of challenges that has bedevilled the policy and called on the government to decentralize the funding to make it work.
“The over-centralization of the Free SHS program at the centre has accounted for the persistent challenges in the running of Senior High Schools in the country. Before the introduction of the program in 2017, school authorities were given free hands in the management of funds in their schools. Unfortunately, the centralization of the disbursement of funds and procurement has also led to a large scale of corruption that continues to compromise the quality and quantity of items supplied,” the Minority asserted.
But Hon Adutwum indicated that contrary to grapevine reports that the free SHS may be discontinued, the President, in his second term, is equal to the task of ensuring no student is left out of the programme.
He stated that, aside the government absorbing all the school fees that parents and guardians of the students would have borne, it also pays all utility bills of the various schools and does much more to relieve the parents and guardians of any burdens to send his or her child to school.
Hon. Yaw Osei Adutwum stated emphatically that there are no challenges nor financial difficulties with the free SHS in the President’s second term.
”It’s not true that the government is short of money to enhance the free Senior High School. The government has provided us with requisite funds to continue the policy this year”, he stressed.
By:Stella Annan |myactiveonline.com