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Let’s have a broader conversation on Free SHS – Akufo-Addo admits

2 September 2022

President Akufo-Addo says he is open to a broader conversation on access to education, especially the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy.

The conversation, according to him, must look at funding, availability of money, access and other ingredients that must work for the good of the Ghanaian.

“One of the things people have been calling for is the review of Free SHS, I think we should have a broader conversation about the incidence of education on our national development,” he said.

According to him, although there are powerful people who are against the Free SHS, he shares a different view on the programme which is that it is for the public good.

He added that the benefits of the Free SHS programme are ‘obvious’ in the country.

Addressing the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), the President said the Education Ministry is seriously looking at the issues to inform a policy direction going forward.

Prior to this, there have been several calls for the government to have the policy reviewed. According to some of the advocates, the policy is producing quantity and not quality graduates.

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