The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) has emphasized the importance of reviewing the free senior high school (SHS) policy in Ghana.
According to ISSER’s analysis of the 2024 budget expenditure plans, a critical review of certain aspects of the free SHS system is necessary.
ISSER has identified fiscal and quality challenges that should be addressed. The free SHS policy, introduced by the Akufo-Addo government in 2017, has led to increased enrollment across the country.
However, the implementation of the policy has faced difficulties such as accommodation and logistical challenges, which have negatively affected the quality of education.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has also raised concerns about the comprehensive nature of the policy and questioned whether it could be more targeted towards the poor.
Former President John Mahama has suggested that a review of the policy would be considered if he were to return to power, but the government has rejected this as an attempt to cancel the policy.
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