Reviewing ‘Free SHS’ is a sensible thing to do – Prof. Frimpong Boateng

Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, a former Minister for Environment, Science Technology and Innovation has joined the calls for the review of the flagship ‘Free SHS’ policy.

Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng

He said though the policy is a good one, it has some challenges that need fixing hence the need for a review.

According to the renowned surgeon, it is only imperative that the program after over seven years of implementation be reviewed to address the various challenges it faces in improving Ghana’s education sector.

“This educational system is faulty. That is how I take it to be. So the Free SHS, if there are challenges we have to sit down and say how do we resolve these challenges; review may be necessary or change certain things…” he stated during an interview on Joynews.

Asked whether he believes the policy which offers free education to students across the various public secondary and technical schools is having challenges, the former minister responded in the affirmative, noting the need to address such issues through a review process.


“I think so, I mean, every sensible person will have to review your activities and not say that what I started seven years ago is still the best because if you look at the feeding, even one can talk about it…” he said.

A promise by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, former President John Dramani Mahama to review the Free SHS policy if he regains power has become an issue of contention with the ruling New Patriotic Party issuing heavy criticism.


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