We Are Addressing Free SHS Challenges- NPP

The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reiterated that the challenges marring one of its flagship programme, the Free Senior High School policy will be duly tackled to the benefit of all Ghanaians.

Nana Kofi Oppong-Damoah, a member of the NPP communication team, stated on the Morning Xpress Monday morning that government knew there were going to be challenges that will confront the programme.

He said nonetheless, there have been plans by the Akufo-Addo government to address the challenges, especially at a time where there have been skepticisms about its sustainability.

“We are not saying therefore that within a year, every problem within this Ghanaian economy has been solved. No, we are saying that there are challenges [but] we are boldly tackling these things,” he told host of the programme, Prince Minkah.

Oppong-Damoah urged Ghanaians to rather focus on the good the Free SHS has brought and help government to surmount the challenges that come with it especially at a time when thousands of JHS leavers who hitherto would not have had the opportunity to enroll into a second cycle institution.

“A deficit of 90,000 have been catered for, and even then we are acknowledging that it is not perfect, we still need to be talking about it. . .when you address an issue, challenges come. Some are foreseen, sometimes they are unforeseen. Even if they are foreseen, should we let 90,000 children stay at home?” he questioned.

To him, the ministry of Education had taken notice of the detected problems and is working to address them very soon, and added the economy government inherited was not the best but is now taking shape hence the smoothening of the Free SHS policy will materialise.

Challenges

The Free SHS since its launch in September this year has suffered challenges ranging from infrastructure and other amenities. Accommodation challenges have been the major threat to the programme.

Concerns have also been raised by a section of Ghanaians about the congestion that has characterised the Free SHS. Some have also linked the reported cases of meningitis in some senior high schools in the past days to the congestion in the schools’ dormitories.

The government in November this year announced that it would set up to receive voluntary contributions from individuals to support the implementation of the free SHS programme and the educational sector.

The step has been heavily criticised by the minority on the back of government’s position that it was capable of running the programme.

Source: Ghana/myxyzonline.com/Morning Xpress