- The APC leader argued that attention should shift from the grades of the Junior High School (JHS) graduates
- He added that all students from less-privileged areas are still at a disadvantage, despite the introduction of the policy
Hassan Ayariga, the founder and leader of the All People’s Congress (APC), has cautioned the Akufo-Addo-led government to carefully examine the Free SHS policy.
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He stated that the nature of the programme is akin to that of a scholarship package.
He asserted that despite the government’s resolve to ensure that all eligible students gain access to the programme, attention should shift from the grades of the Junior High School (JHS) graduates who wrote the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The APC leader argued that students with bad grades are left behind, as they are ineligible till they pass the required examinations.
He added that the policy is therefore selective and detrimental to the academic progress of those who are unable to secure the required scores.
He went on to say that even though the Free SHS programmme is designed to give all JHS students a chance at education, it is selective because students from less-privileged societies are disadvantaged.
The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo pledged, during the launch of the policy, to be receptive to all ideas that would enable the programme be a success.
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