The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) says the majority of students currently in various Senior High Schools would be at home if the social intervention, Free Senior High School (Free SHS) was introduced.
The Students Union comment comes after Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, an advocate of the country’s popular flagship program (Free SHS) announced his exit from the Ministry of Education (MoE) as the Minister in charge of Education.
Commending the immediate past Minister for Education for his enormous support and contribution to the Free SHS policy, NUGS presented him with a citation mentioning that the policy has provided an opportunity to many children.
“Free SHS programme which has provided an immense opportunity to many children who would otherwise not be able to access SHS education,” the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) told Matthew Prempeh.
Introduced in September 2017, the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government flagship Free Senio High School policy is aimed to provide students who become successful at BECE with second-cycle school education at no cost.
President Nana Akufo-Addo as part of efforts to ensure all passed BECE graduates are enrolled in secondary schools in the 2022 academic year included Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Free SHS program.
Speaking at the 2022 Independence Day Awards Ceremony, His Excellency said that investments in the educational sector are a key priority to his administration, thus the inclusion of government TVET institutions in Free SHS.
“The completion of nine model senior high schools across the country is imminent. This year the government will expand the Free Senior High School programme to cover all first-year students in public TVET institutions,” he stated.