Former Education minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio–Garbrah doubts the Free SHS policy would work

Former Education minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio–Garbrah doubts the Free SHS policy would work

- Dr. Ekwow Spio–Garbrah believes that parents should bear part of the cost of SHS education

- He added that it was the reason past governments could not implement the Free SHS programme

- He also advised tertiary institutions to be creative in the revenue generation strategies

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Dr. Ekwow Spio–Garbrah, a former minister of Education, has stated that he has doubts the success of the ‘Free SHS’ programme that is to be implemented by the government.

Former Education minister, Dr. Ekwow Spio–Garbrah doubts the Free SHS policy would work

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According to him, the policy is far from achievable.

This, he explained by saying that a part of the cost of education has to be borne by the parents of the pupil, as total freedom from financial commitment isn’t desirable.

He added that this is one of the reasons why past governments have had difficulty in implementing it.

In a sarcastic tone, he suggested that the government should also introduce a “One student-one guinea fowl” policy.

Dr. Spio–Garbrah, also suggested ways of generating alternative funding for tertiary institutions. He advised the government to plug loopholes, so that monies accrued could help fund tertiary education.

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He went on to say that universities in the country could not solely rely on Internally Generated Funds (IGF’s), and as such the authorities had to be creative.

Suggestions he came up with included the building of cafeteria, stadia and conference halls, as these could be put to use to generate revenue.

Again, he proposed the idea of joint ventures with Ghana’s private sector, especially in the area of agribusiness.

He also advised traditional rulers to consider the establishment of endowment funds, which would support brilliant but needy students.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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