Cancel Free SHS policy because it's not sustainable — KOD

The Free Senior High School (SHS) policy initiated by the government is not sustainable as there is no guaranteed funding to support its implementation, media icon Kofi Okyere Darko has said.

Kofi Okyere Darko

His comments come after the Deputy Minister-designate of Finance Abena Osei Asare said the government needs to borrow to keep Free SHS running and construct roads in the country.

"We [Government] need to continue with the Free SHS, we need to continue the road construction. We need to continue with the Ghana CARES, we need to continue with the infrastructure the people want to have. So in this situation, what do you do? We try as much as possible to borrow amounts of money that will serve our interest," Abena Osei Asare stated.

KOD in a Facebook post said the government should rather empower parents so they can be responsible for their children.

He stated that with Ghana's financial standing, it will be difficult to hold onto the programme.

He said "Very worrying! I believe every child deserves to be educated, but I'm not a supporter of free SHS based on the financial strength of our country. Parents have a responsibility towards their children and if the government wants to support them, they should create an environment for parents to earn more to take care of their wards."

"If we're borrowing more to sustain free SHS, it means it’s not something we can sustain as a nation. Takes us back if you ask me….We need to work on a national agenda and stop party manifestos every 4 years. It takes us back. Can't we have a 100-year plan where governments just come and go and execute developmental projects based on the established blueprint instead of manifestos?" he asked.

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