Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) says processes are underway for the central government to monetize Free SHS as part of the policy review to determine how much parents can pay.
In with JoyNews interview monitored by AcademicWeek, the Education Service Professor said consultations with relevant stakeholders are still ongoing for the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) program review to ensure quality.
“We can do the analysis and then come up and say that, ok, to give Raymond quality education, it will cost this much. Within that cost, these are the items in the cost.
Then we will all put it out there and say this item, we can make do of it, and it will not affect quality, this item, I think we can get parents to pay,” the Director-General told the host of ‘JoyNews Upfront’ show Raymond Acquah.
Describing the Free SHS policy in another interview as the country’s only important project, Mr Opoku-Amankwa entreated Ghanaians to embrace the Akufo-Addo-led government flagship program despite its challenges.
Speaking on Peace 104.3 FM’s Kokrooko show, he admitted the Free SHS has challenges but said is the responsibility of every citizen to help solve the problems citing that majority of the Ghanaians are benefiting from the policy.
“I have heard some people saying the Free SHS should be reviewed to address its challenges but Free SHS is the great thing the country has done and should be welcomed,” the Prof said in the interview monitored by AcademicWeek.
According to the Director-General, some of the challenges confronting the education sector are not a result of the implementation of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy but are problems that have remained unsolved since.
“Not all the problems currently in the education sector are as a result of the Free SHS, some of them we came to meet,” the Education Service official told the host of the Accra-based Peace FM Kokrokoo show, Kwame Sefa Kayi.