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Eduwatch voices concerns on free SHS bill being presented to Parliament

June 12, 2024
Eduwatch voices concerns on free SHS bill being presented to Parliament

(Eduwatch), a prominent educational policy think tank, has voiced concerns that the proposed government's Free Senior High School () Bill is being positioned more as a political legacy than a sustainable educational reform.

The bill, which will soon be presented to , aims to regulate the policy and ensure its sustainability.

The policy, which has been a cornerstone of the administration, seeks to remove financial barriers to secondary education by covering fees, textbooks, boarding, and meals.

While the initiative has been praised for increasing access to education, particularly for girls, Eduwatch argues that the bill's timing and the government's approach suggest a focus on political gains rather than long-term educational benefits.

Speaking in an interview with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Eyewitness News on Citi FM on Tuesday, the Executive Director of Eduwatch, Kofi Asare said the policy had already been covered under the Pre Tertiary Education Act for which reason he did not understand why the government wanted to have a new law on it.

He also noted that the bill was the least of the challenges the policy faced that required urgent attention.

“I am a bit lost because in December 2020 Parliament passed a law called the Pre Tertiary Education Law which is Act 10(49). This law which was assented on 29th December 2020 has free SHS captured under section 3 which says that ‘Secondary education in its different forms including shall be free and accessible to all eligible candidates. So this provision in the pre-tertiary education law is to give legal effect, is to give binding effect.”

“…I think that perhaps the only reason is, it is a legacy reason. It looks more political legacy kind of style. But in reality, if you ask me the top 10 challenges or problems that require urgent attention on the Free SHS policy, the law would not be in the [space] of 10,” he stated.

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