Gov’t Disburses Funds To Speed Up Implementation Of Free SHS Policy

Government has disbursed funds to Senior High Schools (SHS) across the country, to help speed up the implementation of the Free SHS program.

And also to help ensure immediate tuition in the various SHSs in the country for the new academic year. That’s according to the Deputy Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum. 

Dr. Adutwum disclosed this on Friday in Tamale during a meeting with the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the Northern Region.

The meeting was to educate the MMDAs on the implementation of the Free SHS.

“Government has advanced 20 per cent of monies due to all SHSs to help kick- start activities of the new academic year.” Dr Adutwum said.

He said the Free SHS policy, is to ensure that all Ghanaian students has quality, equity and accessible education for free including the technical and vocational schools.

Dr. Adutwum said the Government is also putting in place other requirements such as the distribution of text books for all levels to match the intake of students this year and also to aid teaching and learning.

He called on parents and guardians whose wards have not been placed, though they qualified for placement, to help them choose schools from other available ones of their choice to avoid being placed in schools they did not like.

In a related development, the Ministry of Education has extended to the end of September, the deadline for the online placement of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates into the Senior High Schools under the Computerized School Selection Placement (CSSPS).

A statement signed by the Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, assured parents and guardians that “no child who qualified to be placed in a public Senior High School will be left out.”

The latest directive will bring a huge relief to frustrated parents who were struggling to beat the earlier deadline of midnight of Friday, September 8 for placement of their children.