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‘SHS shouldn’t be free for everyone; some people should pay for it.’ – Prof. Ernest Aryeetey,

Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, believes that the Free Senior High School program should be aimed at people in true need.

She said that the program should not be beneficial to everyone.

Former University of Ghana Vice-Chancellor, speaking at the Centre of Social Justice’s Leadership Dialogue Series on ‘Ghana’s education system, present situation, and future goals,’ said that some Senior High Schools should be permitted to charge tuition while others should be free.

He feels that this will level the playing field for pupils from all backgrounds.

“I am certain that we need to target people, and the best way to do so is through means-testing.” Government means testing will lower the cost of tuition for the government, with the savings going toward improving facilities and providing better service. We need to figure out how to pursue what works best in our surroundings. Why don’t we make certain SHSs free and others payable instead of making them all free?”

“As a result, parents are able to make a decision based on their own abilities. Even at non-free institutions, scholarship opportunities might be developed to allow those who are financially challenged to compete for them. That way, we’ll be able to draw everyone along, rich or poor.”

There have been calls for the government to rethink the Free SHS program, as it consumes a significant amount of the country’s resources and threatens quality, despite the fact that access has vastly increased.

Despite the difficulties in releasing cash to the various Senior High Schools, the government assures that the program will continue.

Mrs. Dzifa Gbeho-Bampoh of TV3 moderated the tenth edition of the Leadership Dialogue Series, which was held through Zoom under the auspices of the Centre for Social Justice, CSJ.

Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, a parent, Dr. Foster Kwawu, and Ruby Charlene Opoku, a graduate of the government’s Free Senior High School policy, were among those who took part in the conversation.

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