Free SHS must be for ONLY the poor and needy - NAGRAT

Free SHS must be for ONLY the poor and needy - NAGRAT

The Vice President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), Angel Carbonu, says government's free Senior High School (SHS) policy should not have covered every student in the country.


According to him, the programme should have been tailor-made for the poor and other people living in deprived communities because they need it more.

Free SHS must be for ONLY the poor and needy - NAGRAT

Vice President of the National Association of Graduate Teachers, Angel Carbonu


He therefore believes that government could have structured the policy better, saying "the approach to offering help to less endowed people ought to have been taken differently from the one we are doing".


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Speaking on Citi FM, Mr Carbonu said 80% of students who attend private secondary schools are already well-to-do and do not need the free SHS.


According to him, students who attended private schools at the basic and Junior High levels "don’t have any business assessing free senior high school education from the government of this country".


He noted that government would have been better served if it saved the money being spent on students in these "top schools" to cater for the ones in deprived areas.


“I can say, without any fear of contradiction that 80 percent of students at Wesley Girls do not need free senior high school education. I can count about 70 schools in this country that if you ask me as a technocrat, I will say, let them pay and let’s take care of the less endowed communities and in villages that really need the help," the NAGRAT Vice President said.


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The free SHS policy was successfully rolled out on Monday by the ruling New Patriotic Party, led by President Akufo-Addo.


The programme will see secondary school entrants exempted from boarding fees, admission fees, library fees, science centre fees, computer lab fees, examination fees and utility fees, among others.


However, Mr Carbonu believes government will find it very difficult to fund the programme, insisting its sustainability looks very likely to be impossible.


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"When you ask me as a professional, I don’t think [Free SHS] is sustainable. We need to open a serious debate in this country on education financing and how to support our students in our schools," he remarked.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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