Economist, Professor Stephen Adei as a part of a review of the free secondary school policy has asked the government to exempt Category A or best-performed Senior High Schools (SHSs) from the Free Senior High School programme.
Speaking on JoyNews’ Upfront show monitored by EducationWeb, Mr Adei said the government could use the funds to be spent on the top schools excluded from the policy to develop the community secondary schools in the country
“We have to look at it again. I think that there are certain schools which we should make autonomous and fee-paying and people will go there, but then make sure there are good community schools for everybody else,” he told JoyNews.
According to the Economy Professor, only a few of the majority of poor students usually get admission to ‘Category A’ secondary schools including Achimota, thus the need to make the rich students who attend such schools pay fees.
“Only a small proportion of the poor come to Achimota, let the rich go there and pay. Use the Achimota funds to have very good schools in every district so that they can be there and don’t have to travel,” the Economist told Upfront host.
In line with Stephen Addai, the host of Peace FM Kokrokoo show, Kwame Sefa Kayi has also urged the central government to review the popular Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy introduced in 2017 for better outcomes.
Speaking on his morning show, Mr Sefa Kayi said the implementation of the popular Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme some five years ago has come a long way and thus needs to be reviewed by the central government.
He indicated that the procurement of school items including uniforms and past questions among other things for final year Senior High School students preparing to sit for WASSCE for School are expenditures that need to be cut off.
“It’s been 5 years since we rolled the Free SHS programme. I don’t understand why we have not done any review on it. We can make tuition-free but charge those at boarding houses,” the Despite media journalist said on Kokrokoo show.