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Gov’t, Majority Group in Parliament confused about Free SHS Bill – Ranking on Education Select Committe

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The Ranking Member on the Education Select Committee in Parliament, Peter Nortsu has said the government along with the majority group in parliament are not clear on what the way forward is with regard to the proposed Free SHS bill.

When Mr. Nortsu, who doubles as MP for Akatsi North spoke to A1 Radio’s Mark Smith today, he stated parliament is still not clear on the way forward.

“We have been promised that the Free SHS bill but that is yet to see the floor of Parliament. The Majority Leader said it has been approved by Cabinet and is supposed to come to Parliament. The Minister said it is yet to receive Cabinet approval so we don’t know which is which,” he said.

An educationist, Nii Armah Addy, has criticized the proposed Free Senior High School (FSHS) bill, calling it a political maneuver rather than a genuine educational reform.

He argued that the bill, drafted by the Ministry of Education and the ruling government, is aimed at gaining political advantage rather than addressing educational needs.


Speaking on A1 Radio in Bolgatanga, Mr. Addy asserted that no current or future government would consider cancelling the FSHS program.

“The conversation has always been about improving FSHS, not cancelling it,” he stated.

He emphasized that the push for progressive education is already enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

“I have said several times, and I will maintain, that the posture of this government towards our educational system is nothing but political mathematics. They only want to score cheap political points. So, the delusion that they will have to put it into legislation so that no government can cancel it is a lie. The FSHS is enshrined in our constitution; Article 25 says it clearly. So, what is the minister talking about here?” he questioned.

Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Bolgatanga

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