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Give Day students allowances if you do not want to withdraw boarding from free SHS-Anokye

Written by  Jul 15, 2018
Government has been given an ultimatum to either withdraw the boarding fees from the implementation of free senior high school or give day students allowances or face legal action. Professor Kofi Anokye said government is violating Article 25 of the constitution which requires that all persons shall have equal access to education opportunities and facilities. The CEO of KOANS Estate is of the view that, the provision of free boarding facilities for some students is discriminatory against day students and defeats the purpose of providing free education to all Ghanaian students. He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, government must make the boarding facilities optional for the wards of parents who can either afford or have special needs to make the free SHS sustainable. According to him, he will file suit after the judiciary is back from recess to ensure that, government complies with constitutional provisions and stop the free SHS program from collapse. He also revealed some lawyers he gave the case to are withdrawing from representing him in court but was sure he will soon go to court to challenge government for discriminating against some beneficiaries of the policy. He has admonished government to pay heed to his concerns and address them in order to ensure that, well deserving beneficiaries get the opportunity to enjoy the policy. ‘’We are hoping they could have withdrawn the boarding aspect if not they should give allowance to day students. If that is not there, the constitution say, there should be no discrimination in the facilities. Why should you go to boarding school and others go to day schools? Government should listen to us. If they don’t, they will come back to us and we will refer them,’’he concluded.
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