Free SHS students -President Akufo-Addo and his New Patriotic Party remain undeterred by all the negativity surrounding their struggle to live up to the promise of providing free education for Senior High School (SHS) students across the country.
It has been reported that 424,092 students have qualified to be placed in various SHS as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools under the Ghana Education Service (GES), across the country.
The number stated above constitute the first batch of students to enjoy the Free SHS policy introduced by the NPP government as one of its flagship policies.
Not All Students Qualified for Free SHS
Students must work hard to become beneficiaries of this program. As a matter of fact, a total of 36,849 Junior High School (JHS) students who sat this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will not make it to SHS/TVET.
According to the GES, all students who did not record grade 9 (fail) in English and Mathematics would be placed, and automatically benefit from Free SHS. 36,849 candidates will not be placed because they failed Maths and English.
This policy promised by the government during the 2016 electioneering entails free public senior high school education for all eligible Ghanaians.
The program will ensure that there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science center fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees and all the other charges.
Instead of 1st September, the free SHS students now have up to Tuesday, September 5, 2017, to complete the placement. The extended date will make room for the candidates to conclude the process.
President Akufo Addo unveiled the logo for the government’s educational flagship program at the Flagstaff House on August 31.
At the unveiling of the Free SHS logo, the President noted that the coming into effect of this policy is vital for the transformation of the Ghanaian economy.
This recent development also shows that the government has the people’s interest at heart and is committed to fulfilling the promise of the flagship policy.
Nana Addo unveiled the Free SHS logo in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia; the Minister for Education, Hon. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, MP; Minister of State for Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah; and other officials from the Ministry of Education.