The free education has commenced for the graduates who acquired admission into government’s second cycle institutions; senior high schools just as promised by the current government during their campaign prior to the elections.
Fresh students entering these institutions will benefit from this leaving behind those already in school to continue to pay their tuition fees and other related bills.
This action was part of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s campaign pledge to make this course entirely free.
The opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC) had criticized this initiative and went on to say call to assert that this scheme was unworkable before the 2008,2012,2016 elections respectively.
The NDC party came up with what they termed progressively Free Senior High School’ which mean, the free SHS action was going to happen but in a gradual process.
The former Deputy Education minister, Honarable Alex Kyeremeh, on the other hand said on Kumasi-based Otec Fm, that the current ‘Free Senior High School’ policy by the ruling party NPP is rather the progressive which was an initiative of the Former President John Dramani Mahama because it is not absolutely free as promised by the NPP.
The former minister mentioned that what the NPP has started is called, progressively free SHS which started under the previous administration.
Alex Kyeremeh in his analysis stated, “It has already existed. About 320,000 students free education during the NDC’s era. Looking at the office budget presented at the time indicated that, 120,000 children in the rural areas as well enjoyed free boarding. In addition, the NDC government still continued to pay all feeding grants of children in the three Northern Regions. Quite apart from what has been said earlier, a total of 3,200, students’ fees were paid from loans granted by World Bank. The same government paid scholarships for needy but brilliant students in the country”
He continued to argue conversely that, what the NPP is being hailed for and called the ‘Free SHS’ but rather the best description is Progressive Free SHS’ which was an idea of the ex-president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama.
"Until when every child enjoy free senior high, we cannot say there is free education in the country it is rather progressive", he stated.
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