The Minority representatives on Parliament’s Education Committee are calling for an immediate review of the Free SHS policy.
According to them, the government must engage stakeholders in the education sector to arrive at better ways to run the programme which will lessen the cost burden on the country.
This follows complaints by some heads of secondary schools concerning limited resources to run the operations of the institutions.
Speaking to Citi News, Ranking Member on the Education Committee, Peter Nortsu Kotoe, said the government needs to come up with measures to sustain the Free SHS policy.
“Our call is that let’s sit down with all stakeholders and review the Free SHS programme. We are not saying abandon it. Let’s review it and see how best we can sustain it.
“And sustaining it is very, very important so how do we cut costs so that we will be able to sustain it and everybody who qualifies to be in senior high school can have access to free senior high school education,” he added.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, the Builsa South MP, Dr Clement Apaak, also raised concerns about the Free SHS policy on the Citi Breakfast Show.
“Since the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy, those of us in the sector have noticed visibly the lack of attention that, hitherto, was being paid to basic education.”
Dr. Apaak added that “we ought to be doing more to ensure that the basic sector of our educational system is robust and fit for purpose.”