The Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Osei Opare, has reiterated government’s commitment to fixing the loopholes associated with the Free Senior High School programme to ensure that beneficiaries get the best out of it.
The rolling out of the flagship programme in September has been met with serious challenges ranging from lack of accommodation, inadequate classroom facilities and in some cases, lack of furniture for students.
However, the Chief of Staff believes those challenges can be surmounted to pave way for other students to enjoy the programme, as government is employing the necessary means to find antidote to the hurdles associated with the policy.
Speaking at the 70th Anniversary and Speech and Prize Giving day at her alma mater, St Monica’s Girls Senior High School at Mampong in the Ashanti Region last Saturday, she stressed that: “Like any huge endeavor, it [the Free SHS] will have challenges but generally, the programme has been successful nationwide”.
She continued [to explain that there was no need for panic because the Ministry of Education had put measures in place to solve the challenges that the policy is faced with in order to build an educated populace for speedy national development and progress.
Mrs Felicia Osei Manu, the headmistress of the school told journalists that the school had been struggling to house their students who are about 1,900 in number due to inadequate dormitories.
She said the school has infrastructure deficit which makes it difficult for students to enjoy the Free SHS policy.
She, therefore, appealed to government to complete a classroom block that was started in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, and also build teacher bungalows to help improve the standards of teaching and learning in the school.
Under the Free SHS policy, government has footed all bills including feeding fees, tuition fees and all other charges. Over 420,000 students representing 80% of candidates placed in various schools are currently enjoying the programme since it kicked off in September.