Free SHS; a total mess and must be halted and re-planned – UTAG Pres.


National President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana, UTAG Dr. Harry Agbanu has stated that the implementation of the free SHS policy is a total mess blaming it on improper planning on the part of government.

Speaking to FNN in an exclusive interview Dr. Agbanu lamented how politicians have been playing with social policies aimed at grooming the younger generations. He however questioned if the implementers of the programme sat down to think through the implementation process before rolling it out.

Free SHS education has been one of the top priorities of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government as it was a major campaign tool prior to 2008, 2012 and the 2016 elections respectively. The NPP after winning the 2016 general elections said it is determined to roll out the programme which seeks to give free Senior High School education to about 400,000 students across the country. The programme has however, been ridden with numerous challenges from accommodation to furniture among other pressing needs threatening its success.

In the face of these challenges educationists and sector players are calling on the government to take a relook at the implementation of the programme.

Speaking with the president of the University Teachers Association in an interview that he captioned his ‘personal opinion’ about how academic issues should be handled he emphasized the need to halt the programme and revisit the negotiation table to do things right for the sustainability of the programme.

Even though before the implementation of the programme some individuals and groups both within and outside the NPP warned the government to make better preparations to ensure its sustainability, those advice seem to have been overlooked as teething problems bedevil the policy.

Story :Jessica Ahedor/First News Network