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NDC will not scrap Free SHS – Mahama

Former President John Mahama has rejected some media reports suggesting that the National Democratic Congress (NDC), will reverse the Free SHS policy if it returns to office in the future. He said the NDC however believes that the NPP’s current implementation of the programme was rushed, hence the numerous challenges it is being confronted with. In a Facebook post on ...

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Free SHS: Universities to be expanded to increase intake – Gov’t

The government has announced that as part of its educational reform initiatives, it is investing in the expansion of tertiary institutions to absorb the high numbers of entrants that are likely to emerge from second-cycle institutions following the introduction of the Free SHS policy. It also revealed that the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), will be the source of funding for ...

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Gov’t to provide desks, bunk beds for Senior High Schools

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that contracts will soon be awarded for the provision of 69,500 single desks and 13,100 bunk beds to Senior High Schools across the country. This move, according to him, is expected to address the furniture deficit in a number of schools as part of his administration’s commitment to dealing with the challenges in ...

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Mahama calls for national dialogue to save ‘failing’ Free SHS

The widely reported problems with the Akufo-Addo government’s Free Secondary education policy bore down to a lack of preparation and consultation, former President John Mahama has said. Speaking at Tarkwa in the Western Region during the National Democratic Congress’ Unity Walk, Mr. Mahama urged the government to start a national dialogue and set up a stakeholder conference on the Free SHS policy to ...

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Afenyo-Markin pushes for ‘Free SHS Tax’ on Ghanaians

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alex Afenyo Markin, has said that government could consider taxing Ghanaians in order to accrue funds to finance its flagship free Senior High School (SHS) policy. According to him, sustaining the policy was so crucial that risking the ire of Ghanaians by imposing a special tax to fund it will not ...

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Free SHS won’t collapse – UDS Coordinator replies cynics

Coordinator of Post Graduates Programme of the Faculty of Education at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Dr. Ibrahim M. Gunu, has dismissed suggestions by some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), that the free Senior High School programme  may collapse within five years, if a sustainable plan is not put in place. According to him, the implementation ...

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‘It’s better to sit on bare floor and get education’ – NPP MP

In response to criticisms of the challenges facing the Free SHS programme, NPP Member of Parliament for Gomoa West, Alex Abban, has said that it is better for students to sit on bare floor without desks, or study under trees than hawk on the streets without being educated. There have been reports of various challenges facing the programme, including reports ...

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Scrapping Free SHS would be ‘politically suicidal’ – Afenyo Markin

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo Markin, has suggested that it would be unwise for any political party to consider scrapping the Free SHS policy as such a move would not endear it to Ghanaian voters. According to him, given the level of impact the policy had made on parents who have been relieved of the financial ...

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Pass mineral revenue Act to support free SHS – ACEP

The Nana Akufo-Addo Government has been encouraged to immediately pass the Mineral Revenue Management Act to serve as an additional source of funding for the free Senior High School (SHS) programme. “ACEP recommends that the government should pass the promised Mineral Revenue Management Act to create additional sources of funds from solid minerals to finance the free SHS policy,” the ...

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‘Free SHS law’ needed to prevent political interference – Atuguba

A Senior Law lecturer at the University of Ghana Law School, Dr. Raymond Atuguba, has asked the Akufo-Addo government to pass a legislation making the Free Senior High School policy binding on future administrations. He has expressed fears that if such legislation is not passed, the policy may collapse as it could be abandoned by a different political party that assumes ...

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