- Minister of Education is saying Free SHS will cover three years for each student
- He says students who get repeated in class will pay for their fourth year fees
The Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has served notice that, students held back for non-performance, during their three-year Senior High education under the Free SHS policy will cater for their own fees for the extra-one year spent.
The minister revealed this in in a press conference Thursday, during the launch of the Free SHS policy document.
According to Dr. Prempeh, the Free SHS Policy is to cater for a three-year duration for every SHS students. Therefore students are expected to study hard so as to excel their academic performance within the three-year period.
“We said you can carry your free SHS for three years because that is the duration of your study. So if you go to the first year, we will pay. You repeat your first year in year two we will pay. When you get to the second year in year three we will pay. But for four final year, we won’t pay, so you pay your own fees”, the Minister explained.
This new development to the policy is likely to fuel some criticism from the opposition, since some believe the direction is in variance with the NPP’s 2016 manifesto promise.
There was some huge criticism from some stakeholders, when it became clear the policy was to cater for students entering High School at the start of the 2017/18 academic year.
The free SHS policy according to the NPP government, will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the Secondary School level.
The absence of a policy document for the free SHS policy, has in the past been noted as contributing to uncertainties about the timelines, source of funding and scope of the policy.
But the Akufo-Addo administration has finally put flesh to the much anticipated policy, by launching a comprehensive policy document today.
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