- Dr. Nduom argued that SHS education should not only be free, but compulsory and consistent as well
- The Free SHS programme would reportedly cost the nation about GHc400 million in the 2017/2018 academic year
The founder and leader of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom has faulted the government for the inconsistencies in the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.
According to him, the main focus of the programme, which is to make education free at the SHS level is not in line with sections of the 1992 Constitution.
He is of the opinion that in addition to the cost component, education at that level should be compulsory and consistent as well.
He further asserted that regardless of the political party pushing for the agenda, the fundamental concepts of a compulsory and continuous educational policy should be constantly observed.
He added that the constitutional provision (Article 25 of the 1992 Constitution), parts of which is focused on a free, compulsory and consistent educational policy was long overdue for implementation.
The Free SHS programme, which is due to be launched on September 12, 2017, will reportedly cost the nation about GHc400 million for the 2017/2018 academic year.
According to a report by the Ghana Educational Service (GES), about 424,000 students, representing 92% of candidates who sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would enjoy the package this academic year.
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