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The Most Reverend Charles Palmer-Buckle has joined calls for the government to reassess the free senior high school policy as soon as possible through stakeholder engagement.
The free SHS policy, according to the Archbishop of Cape Coast, has provided relief to parents, but the government should explore revisiting it to remove any blockages.
Some significant stakeholders, including members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), have expressed concern over the policy’s implementation, which began in 2017.
Currently, the initiative is the government’s largest expense drainer, resulting in teething problems such as food shortages in schools and erratic schedules.
Rev. Palmer-Buckle said that the free SHS policy can be streamlined to encourage better education during the introduction of a book named “Accra ACA, Bleoo, The History of the Accra Academy from James Town to Bubuashie.”
“I wholeheartedly endorse the free SHS program.
“However, this is the time for a stakeholder engagement to review the free SHS,” he stated emphatically.
Parents have forgotten, according to Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, that they are responsible for their children’s school tuition.
“They’ve told the government about it and are blaming the government,” he claimed.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Education Minister and Member of Parliament for the Assin South Constituency, spoke at the GNAT Hall in Accra as the keynote speaker for the book launch. He noted that the implementation of the free SHS policy requires collaboration from all stakeholders to overcome current challenges.
He went on to say that global crises like the Russia-Ukraine conflict have hurt many economies, including Ghana’s.
Simon Ontoyin, a graduate of the University of Ghana and an alumnus of Accra Academy, wrote the 726-page book “Accra ACA, Bleoo, The History of the Accra Academy from James Town to Bubuashie.”
According to Ontoyin, he was motivated to write the book after searching the internet for information about the school and finding very little.
He described producing a book that chronicles pre-colonial education to the present day as a rewarding success, despite several hurdles along the route.