The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has called on the Akufo-Addo government to make a review of the Free Senior High School programme.
According to the Church, the government has to shed some of the cost on the FSHS programme for some parents who are ready and willing to contribute to programme by paying something for their wards.
The Church noted that, despite the impending bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), there are huge budget deficits, making it difficult for government to meet all demands under the Programme.
“Your Excellency, the Presbyterian Church of Ghana is of the strong opinion that the state can shed off some of these costs for those who are capable of bearing them to do so because, there are several parents who are capable and willing to contribute to the education of their children.”
The Church made this pronouncement after the 22nd General Assembly which was held between Wednesday, August 10 and Sunday, August 14 on the theme: ‘Christ in you, the Hope of Glory’.
“For the government to have sacrificed many developmental needs to ensure that every child, without regard to economic background, is able to access secondary education is indeed laudable.”
Though the government has insisted on a possible review, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on 28th July last month revealed that a review of the Free Senior High School policy remains a constant possibility.
He made this revelation on Joynews’ PM Express, where he explained that the Education Minister is looking at the policy with the aim of understanding how parents can be included in a manner that is not coercive.
According to him, review is constantly a possibility on the table. And it’s just to make sure that the appropriate education is given and wastage is eliminated to give value for money.
The Church of Pentecost believes that looking at the current economic hardship in the country, the government will give a listening ear to the people of Ghana on the policy review to ease pressure.
Source : Honestynewsgh.com
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