UG Lecturer Appeals To Akufo-Addo To Allow Rich Parents Pay SHS Fees

UG Lecturer Appeals To Akufo-Addo To Allow Rich Parents Pay SHS Fees

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Dr. Ebo Turkson, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana, has called on President Akufo-Addo to review the Free SHS policy.

According to him, well-to-do parents can pay for their children and this would save the policy from the high cost which threatens to collapse it in future.

In an interview on the Morning Starr show, Dr. Turkson told host Francis Abban that;

“In the second term of Akufo-Addo, we need to look at the financing of free SHS. I can bet that most parents can pay GHC1,200 as fees so that the most vulnerable will benefit. The free SHS is a good policy and I think if some parents are allowed to pay fees, the policy will not collapse.”

Also, in 2018 Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, raised concerns over the cost of the policy.

The finance minister in an interview with Citi TV said;

“The issue of free education, I don’t think it’s something that any of us can compromise on… It may be that there have to be changes in the way in which we are administering it.”

“I can’t take my child to Achimota or Odorgonnor and then leave him or her and drive away and Ken Ofori-Atta not pay anything while I can pay for 10 people. You need to be able to get the data to then be discriminatory in how and who pays and who doesn’t pay”.

The Free Secondary High School (Free SHS) education policy was a government initiative introduced in the 2017. It was originally part of President Akufo-Addo’s 2012 presidential campaign.


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