Private schools may enjoy Free SHS

The government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will consider extending the Free Senior High School programme to cover students in private institutions in the near future, Babara Asher Ayisi, Deputy Minister-designate of Education, has revealed.

According to her, access to education by all Ghanaians is at the heart of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s agenda, hence the introduction of the Free SHS policy.

Speaking during her vetting by the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday March 30, she said: “The party is really concerned about young people going to school. That is why it has instituted the policy Free Senior High School. I believe that we need to start at a point, so I believe I will want to get to the ministry and work together with the Minister to see how in the future we can extend it to the private schools as well.”

Meanwhile President Nana Akufo-Addo has announced that the Free SHS programme promised by the NPP prior to the December 7 elections will commence September this year.

Mr Akufo-Addo, who was the Special Guest of honour at the 60th anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School, indicated in his speech on Saturday February 11 that “government will fund the cost of public senior high school for all those who qualify for entry from September this year”.

He explained: “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 lab 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.”

The president further indicated that the policy would also cover agricultural, vocational, and technical institutions at the high school level.