The Central Regional Secretary of the Ghana National Dressmakers and Tailors Association Francisca Acquah has stated that the “Free SHS” policy has created a shortage of apprentices in the fashion sector.
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She stated that many Junior High School graduates who would have found themselves in apprenticeship due to poor exam results, are now in SHS, kind courtesy the Free SHS programme.
Speaking at a graduation event in the Ajumako Enyan Essiam District, she said it was time for some of these students with poor grades to be transferred to the fashion sector.
She argued that most of these students would not go beyond secondary school education into the universities.
“Students with grades between 30 to 50 need to be in the fashion sector and not spend their time in schooling because of Free Senior High School Policy.
The government is wasting the time of student with grade 30 to 50 because they most likely will not continue to the universities,” Mrs. Francisca Acquah said.
She further explained that it is important to make such students learn a trade right after they complete JHS so that they would have their handiwork and make some money.
He made this comment while commending the president for the policy intervention which he believes would provide the needed human capital for accelerated development of the country.
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