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Bongo Constituency Secretary for NPP supports calls for review of Free SHS programme

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The Bongo Constituency Secretary for the NPP, Johnson Ayikene Anaane has backed calls for a review of the government’s Free SHS programme. 

A review, according to Mr. Anaane, would improve the efficiency of the programme. 

Speaking to Mark Smith on Day Break Upper East Show, agreed, largely, with the contents of CHASS’ communique at the end of its 60th anniversary. 

“I think the Free SHS policy has been running for five years now and I don’t shy away from talking about reviews. I think that there’s the need for us to review and to look at it holistically. There is no policy that the government will implement and would not think of any review at any point in time.”

The Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) has suggested that the government share the financial cost of running the Free Senior High School policy. 

This, in CHASS’ opinion, will allow the programme to run more smoothly. CHASS communicated this through a communique issued at the 60th anniversary of CHASS. 

“Government should consider the issue of Cost Sharing theory. It has become abundantly clear that government alone cannot totally foot the cost of education. Government must therefore offset some of the cost to parents/guardians. CHASS recommends that the components to offset to parents must include and not necessarily limited to the feeding of students,” portions of the statement read. 

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CHASS was also worried about the rising cases of exam malpractices at the WASSCE.

“CHASS request of its members to show a high level of leadership in trying to nip the bud, the increasing reported cases of exam malpractices in our WASSCE especially on the use of mobile phones and the carrying of foreign materials into exam halls.”

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

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