Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education has inaugurated a committee to provide advice towards the implementation of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy of the country.
The committee is made up of representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Scholarship Secretariat, Buffer Stock Company, Auditor General’s Department, Ghana Education Service Teachers Union and National Security.
The role of the Finance Ministry is to ensure the smooth and timely release of money while the Ministry of Food and Agriculture would work with the National School Feeding Programme to ensure food is available for the students.
The Minister at the inauguration urged members of the Committee to work assiduously towards the success of the policy.
“There is no option to fail because if you fail, you fail Ghanaians and the poor children in need of education. You are expected to play a technical role and develop workable solution to ensure success of the programme,” he said.
Ghana’s president interacting with students
The president, Nana Akufo-Addo had said that the free public SHS education which will begin from the 2017/2018 academic year was aimed at building an educated populace for speedy national development and progress.
“By free SHS, we mean that in addition to tuition, which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees. There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.
“Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level,” the president said.