Next NDC government will include private schools in Free SHS Policy – John Mahama

31st March 2023

Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has assured that Private Secondary Schools will be included in the Free SHS policy of the next National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration.

He believes government stands to gain from a collaboration with Private Senior High Schools, as part of the implementation of the policy.

In the wake of the Free SHS in 2017, many Private Secondary Schools have little or no admission due to a drastic shift in taste for Private Senior High School since the Free SHS policy compelled many parents who would have opted for better quality tuition and services in private schools managed to gain admission for their wards in public schools to relieve them of any financial liability.

Considering the current state of the Free SHS policy, Mr. Mahama believes a well collaborated effort will make owners of these schools stay in business and employ many Ghanaians to reduce the unemployment rate in the country. He also recounted how such move will help the government who is struggling to provide infrastructure to end the double track system can do so easily by using the facilities of the existing private schools to ease the burden on students.

Speaking at the Assembly Hall of Jabezz Secondary School in the Gomoa Central Constituency as part of his Central regional tour, the former president, John Mahama, said, including the private schools will be considered a priority in the next NDC government.

“We cannot have a facility like this and let them go to waste. We have done it with NHIS. NHIS we allowed private hospitals to be part of NHIS. Why can’t we allow private secondary schools to be part of the Free SHS system. We can do it,” he lamented.

Speaking on the sideline of the campaign tour, the Central Regional Chairman of the party, Prof. Richard Kofi Asiedu, lauded the inclusion of the private schools into the Free SHS policy.

According to him, when partnership is extended to the private school owners, they can collaborate with the government to halt the double track system, reduce burdens on government with respect to infrastructure and complaints from parents.

“We have advised this government innumerable times about the need to include the private secondary schools in the policy but they are adamant, I’m happy John Mahama is thinking in our direction to save some of these schools that have collapsed or on the verge of collapsing,” he said.

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