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Free SHS not under review; GHC5bn spent on programme in 2021 – Finance Minister

On Monday, July 25, 2022, he made this statement in Parliament at his Mid-Year Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for the Fiscal Year 2022.

Mr. Ofori-Atta claims that the government is taking steps to address the problems that the free SHS is now experiencing.

Since 2017, it has served as the focal point of attempts to change the country. To increase access to education, we have spent GH5.3 billion to provide 1,261,495 Ghanaian students with access to secondary school under the Free SHS initiative by the end of 2021. 555,353, or 97.1 percent, of the 571,892 registered JHS applicants were accepted into SHS this year.

Additionally, he disclosed that in 2021, the government spent GHS5.3 billion on Free SHS.

He stated that thanks to this sum, 1.2 million kids were able to attend secondary school.

“To increase access to education, we have spent GH5.3 billion to allow 1,261,495 Ghanaian students to enroll in secondary school under the Free SHS initiative by the end of 2021. “Of the 571,892 registered JHS candidates, 555,353 (97.1%) were accepted into SHS this year, Mr. Ofori-Atta informed the legislature.

Since 2017, according to Mr. Ofori-Atta, the administration of President Akufo-Addo has prioritized human capital development as the cornerstone of its efforts to restructure the country.

Without identifying the recipient schools, the government has finished 17 other projects, including classroom blocks, dormitories, staff bungalows, and libraries as part of the infrastructure development in Senior High Schools.

By adding, “Mr Speaker, we shall not compromise on President Akufo-commitment Addo’s to give all of our children the chance to be educated from kindergarten to university, without the capacity to pay being an obstacle,” he debunked rumors that free SHS was under review. TVET and free secondary education are not being reviewed. They will continue to receive funding, and we will keep making improvements.

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