Free SHS policy haphazardly implemented – Amissah-Authur

Former Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Authur has expressed disappointment over government’s implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.

According to him, the Akufo-Addo government failed to thoroughly think through the implications of the policy, especially the cost, before executing, hence the challenges.

He urged government to do better in 2018 by consulting more with experts and stakeholders to ensure that the programme is fine-tuned to yield the desired results.

They could have done much better and that is what we are hoping for. In the coming year they would be able to resolve a lot of the problems [ associated with the policy],” he told Joy News’ Mawuli Yevu-Agbi.

The Minority in Parliament has predicted a collapse of the country’s SHS education in five years if the challenges plaguing the sector under the Free SHS policy are not fixed.

They say the challenges bedeviling SHS education under Akufo-Addo’s flagship Free SHS policy are overwhelming and will cripple the schools very soon.

Cautioning government, the former Vice President observed that government in 2017 has been modeling through implementing policies such as the Free SHS.

Kwasi Amissah Authur made these remarks on the sidelines of a donation exercise and a Christmas visit he made to the Volta Regional Hospital together with his wife Matilda Amissah-Arthur.

They donated food items, toiletries, detergents, and assorted drinks to patients and staff at the hospital on Christmas day.

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