Akufo-Addo Launches Free SHS Today

Government’s flagship program, the Free Senior High School policy, will be launched today, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 at the West African Secondary School (WASS) at Adenta in Accra.

President Nana Akufo-Addo will launch the programme to officially announce its takeoff.

The Free SHS commenced on Monday, 11 September 2017 across the country. In some schools, the process was well organized, while for others the registration was marked by disorder.

While some fresh students and their parents are happy to have secured admissions, the story is not so exciting for those who besieged the Education Ministry over placement challenges.

The Computerized School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) which places students into various senior high schools encountered some challenges, with error notices greeting some BECE graduates who have been trying, since September 1, to access the website for self-placement.

The free SHS policy, to cost 3.6 billion Ghana cedis each year, was a major campaign promise by then candidate Nana Akufo Addo in both the 2012 and 2016 elections.

A little over 400,00 students are expected to benefit from the policy that will exempt them from paying for tuition and other fees.