Free secondary school takes off in Ghana

Education is power and an enabler, and to remove the financial barrier in accessing secondary education, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 12th September, 2017, launched the Free Senior High School Policy.

Under the Free SHS Policy, the government will be bearing the cost of tuition, textbooks, meals, library usage, examination, uniforms and other agreed school charges on behalf of students who qualify for admission into SHSs. The policy also covers students who gain admission to agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.

For the past years, basic education in Ghana was free under the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE), and the addition of secondary school to ‘free education’ will help put money back into the pocket of parents. On the whole, parents and guardians were happy with the introduction of the Free SHS policy and they lauded government for the bold initiative, and also expressed the hope that it will be sustained long into the future.

Watch the BBC report on this below: