“Ghana needs test mechanism to determine who can pay and who cannot pay SHS fees” -Haruna Iddrisu

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“Ghana needs a test mechanism to determine who can pay and who cannot pay. This political thing of wanting to please everybody at the detriment of quality will hang in this country in the next decade if we don’t look back,” Haruna Iddrisu said.

In the next ten years, if the government’s free senior high school program is not targeted, Haruna Iddrisu, a former minority leader, has warned, problems will arise.

He contends that the policy needs a built-in means testing mechanism to guarantee that the wealthy and well-off are compensated.

According to the Tamale South MP, the government has disregarded the advice from groups like UNESCO because it is politically expedient to do so.

“Mr. Speaker, we are doing what we ought to have done several years back, UNESCO was established somewhere 95 and Ghana has benefited enormously from them. Ghana needs to take advantage of UNESCO’s advice on secondary education. How accessible is it, what is the quality, are we running a secondary education that produces quantity and not quality?

Around 5 billion cedis have been spent by the government on the free SHS scheme between 2017 and 2021.

In response to Haruna Iddrisu’s claim, majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh-Dompreh said the program was still being developed and will eventually take the suggestions of methods testing into consideration.

The Nsawam-Adoagyiri MP, however, said that many people have found alleviation as a result of the strategy.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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