GHc1.682 billion had been earmarked for the implementation of the Free SHS programme in the 2019 budget.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC’s) has said that the government’s seeming deliberate devotion to the free Senior High School policy is going to end up damaging the credibility of public sector secondary education in the country arguing that the too much money is being spent on secondary education at the expense of other sectors.
John Mahama, has also said the government’s refusal to consult extensively with stakeholders before implementing the policy led to some major setbacks with its implementation.
“If you are spending most of your money on secondary education and less on technical and basic then there is something wrong with your educational system. Some of us foresaw the difficulties that they are facing today and that is why we tried to warn them,” Mr. Mahama has said.
But the government will not succumb to the pressure from the opposition. The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta believes Ghana’s future generation will be grateful to the Akufo-Addo government for introducing the free Senior High School policy.
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