Government lacks the adequate funds and may not be able to sustain the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, a former vice-chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, has said.
According to him, the government does not have what it takes to sustain the programme, especially when it comes to budget allocation.
He said the GH¢1.2 billion budget allocated for the programme will not be enough for its sustainability in the coming years.
Prof. Aryeetey believes the government must take steps to equip the public schools and accept offers for the funding for the programme.
“Many of the challenges faced in the schools have arisen not because there is no room to go to the classroom but because we did not have enough money for these classrooms to equip them,” he said during Monday’s Graphic Business/Stanbic Bank breakfast meeting on quality education.
“I am worried about the gap that is emerging in Ghana. We are in a country where depending on the choices you make; your children have an advantage.”
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) have been strong critics of the Free SHS policy, insisting the programme was not properly thought through before being implemented.
Former president John Mahama described the policy as ill-timed, further stating that he will review it when he is elected as President in 2020.
"Our NPP friends, they don't listen to advice, they think they know everything," Mahama criticized.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has hinted that a law will soon be enacted to ensure that future governments will not be able to review the Free SHS programme.
“We are going to enact a legislation to make access to SHS compulsory for every school going child. This will ensure that those who have pledged in their dreams to ‘review the free SHS policy’ do not get the chance to destroy this policy in the very unlikely event that they return,” Nana Addo said at an event over the weekend.
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