General News of Thu, 27 Jul 201717
Economy in good shape for free SHS
Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has reiterated government’s resolve to implement the free Senior High School (SHS) policy in September, 2017.
According to him, the economy is in good shape for the implementation insisting that the Akufo-Addo administration’s determination to roll out the governing party’s campaign policy in the next two months.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh also known as Napo gave the assurance while addressing a news conference outlining details of the implantation in Accra.
Even before the policy is rolled out, a leading member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and former Defense Minister Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor is urging caution in the implementation.
He stated that, hasty introduction of the education policy could negatively affect the quality of education and create setbacks.
But the Education Minister said concerns of Dr. Addo Kufuor has been taken in good faith.
He indicated that, they are not oblivious of the obstacles ahead but have put in place adequate measures to surmount the challenges.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh maintained that concerns being raised about the source and sustainability of funding for the ambitious programme.
The Education Minister added that, government intends to construct 42 model schools to improve access across the country.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh was optimistic the free SHS programme will be rolled out successfully.