Youth Empowerment Advocate calls for free SHS suspension

| Updated Sep 05, 2017 at 11:47am



A Youth Empowerment Advocate, Clement Adjei Sarfo, says though government’s free Senior High School programme is laudable, its current wholesale implementation will be problematic.

He said the modalities underpinning the programme are not in the national interest.

Speaking to GBC`s Radio Ghana in Kumasi, Mr. Sarfo who is also Founder and President of Youth Empowerment Summit called for the suspension of the free feeding for both boarding and day students.

He argued that in advanced countries governments do not pay for the full cost of tuition and feeding on wholesale basis.

Mr. Sarfo suggested that the focus of the free SHS programme should be on students in deprived schools, irrespective of their location.

He was of the opinion that if the free SHS is a social intervention programme, then it should be tailored to meet the needs of the poor.

He said the elite schools could be reserved for parents who are ready to pay the cost of education of their wards.

Mr. Sarfo asked government to give priority to sustainable sources of funding the free SHS programme.