Our classrooms are empty – Free SHS begins to ‘bite’ Private Schools

Our classrooms are empty – Free SHS begins to ‘bite’ Private Schools

- Private Schools owners are calling on government to post students to their schools

- They are saying the Free SHS will kill private sector education if gov't ignores them

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Some managers of Private Senior High Schools across the country are decrying the implementation of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagship programme Free SHS.

Our classrooms are empty – Free SHS ‘bites’ Private Schools

File photo: An classroom

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According to some of the managers, few days after the roll out of the Free SHS policy has reduced their admission intake drastically.

A report put up by Citi News in indicates that some schools in the Ashante regional capital-Kumasi are recording fewer admission for the first year students as compared to past academic year.

A visit by Citi News to Mighty royal Senior High School, a notable private school in Kumasi, showed that it has recorded only a handful of first year students days after re-opening.

Mohammed Nurudeen, the head teacher of the school told Citi FM in an interview that, though the Free SHS policy is a laudable idea, it’s implication will gravely hurt many private schools across the country since private schools were not considered before implementation.

“I am saying this because a government which has promised to revamp the private sector, in the course of rolling this programme, they should have considered the private schools; as in posting some of the students to the private school,” he said.

He added that, “if nothing at all, the government can subsidize the fees or pay and absorb all the fees because they are all Ghanaian children and we are all Ghanaians.”

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Mohammed Nurudeen lamented that the situation is worrying and it’s likely it will cost the operation of private schools big time.

He also indicated that parents use to flood his school in seeking for admissions for their wards but from all indications, Free SHS has substantially cut the numbers by huge margins after reopening.

Our classrooms are empty – Free SHS ‘bites’ Private Schools

President Akufo-Addo and Vice President Alhaji Bawumia launched the Free SHS policy

The head teacher who was clearly not happy described the policy “as one of the ways of killing the private sector.”

The NPP government under President Akufo-Addo has officially launched the free SHS policy which will see about 400,000 students getting enrollment into public senior high schools across the country.

The government will among other things pay for tuition, feeding, school uniforms, library and textbook fees for students.

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