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Finance Minister is Free SHS’s biggest problem – Ranking Member, Education Select Committee in Parliament

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The Finance Ministry led by Ken Ofori Atta may be the Free Senior High School policy’s biggest threat. This is according to the Ranking Member of the Education Select Committee in Parliament and MP for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu.

This is because since the Free SHS moved from the Office of the President and was situated under the Ministry of Education, the policy has continued to struggle. The biggest struggle for the policy is the disbursement of funds.

The Ranking Member on the Education Select Committee said this when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show.

“The Finance Minister is the biggest problem for the Free Senior High School policy. I can tell you that the Minister for Finance himself is not interested in this free senior high school because he made a comment before the implementation of the Free SHS that if parents can pay for private basic education, why should the government be paying or taking that responsibility [at the SHS level.].”

“He [the Finance Minister] is holding the purse and he knows what is there; what they are spending on the Free SHS. The release of funds is creating problems for the Free SHS. Since they removed it from the Flagstaff House to the Ministry of Education, monies are not being released early.”

Earlier, the Ranking Member on the Education Select Committee in Parliament and MP for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu has warned that if stringent measures are not taken by the government to stock the pantries of the various senior high schools dotted across the country, many of them would have to shut down. This is because the schools’ management would be unable to feed the students any longer.

Recently, a1radionline.com reported that parents of students in some schools in the Upper West Region would be forced to find alternative ways of feedings their wards while they remain in school. The affected schools say that due to food shortages, they cannot continue to feed the students.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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