SHS shouldn’t be free for everyone; some must pay for it.’ — Prof. Ernest Aryeetey

Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, believes that the Free Senior High School program should be aimed at people in true need.

 

She claimed that the program should not be beneficial to everyone.

 

Former University of Ghana Vice-Chancellor, speaking at the Centre of Social Justice’s Leadership Dialogue Series on ‘Ghana’s education system, current situation, and future goals,’ suggested that some Senior High Schools should be permitted to charge fees while others should be free.

 

He feels that this will level the playing field for pupils from all backgrounds.

 

“I am certain that we need to target people, and the best way to do so is through means-testing.” Government means testing will lower the cost of tuition for the government, with the savings going into enhancing facilities and providing better service. We need to figure out how to pursue what works best in our surroundings. Why don’t we make some SHSs free and others payable instead of making them all free?”

 

“As a result, parents are able to make a decision based on their own abilities. Even in non-free schools, scholarship opportunities could be developed to allow people who are financially challenged to compete for them. That way, we’ll be able to drag everyone along, rich or poor.”

 

There have been calls for the government to rethink the Free SHS program, as it consumes a significant amount of the country’s resources and threatens quality, despite the fact that access has vastly improved.

 

Despite the difficulties in releasing cash to the various Senior High Schools, the government insists that the program will continue.

 

Mrs. Dzifa Gbeho-Bampoh of TV3 moderated the tenth edition of the Leadership Dialogue Series, which was held through Zoom under the auspices of the Centre for Social Justice, CSJ.

 

Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, a parent, Dr. Foster Kwawu, and Ruby Charlene Opoku, a graduate of the government’s Free Senior High School policy, were among those who took part in the conversation.

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