Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ivan Addae-Mensah has said the country might in the near future pay for the ‘Free SHS’ policy implemented by the Akufo-Addo led administration.
The former chancellor speaking on Sunrise FM in Accra said the Free SHS policy must be given a second look, adding that the government must allow parents who can afford to pay.
Prof Addae Mensah said: “I made it very clear that things were not like what they were 50 or 60 years ago when most children could not afford the fee for the school.
“Now we have quite a lot of people who can afford to pay fees at the senior high level…Ideally, I don’t think that it is too late to revisit the issue…”
But Ivan Addae-Mensah admitted that “the policy has now turned political and we are also in an election year. If Akufo-Addo says that we’re going to review the issue, the opposition parties are going to take it up…..and it will be a political catastrophe”.
“On the other hand, if he doesn’t go back to it, we may have a price to pay in the future economically. And now these children who are now being produced as a group will soon be going to the universities, where are they going to be put, we haven’t even started planning that aspect of it and how much it’s going to cost…,” he added
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Free SHS introduced in 2017 is a programme purposive to give all Ghanaian school-going children access to secondary education notwithstanding their financial status.