Former Ghana's Ambassador to China, Horace Ankrah, has described the free senior high school policy being implemented by the current New Patriotic Party administration as a brilliant and good policy but badly implemented.
He told Kwame Tutu in an exclusive interview on Rainbow Radio 87.5fm that, the government administration failed with planning and that has affected the brilliant policy and this he added, Will affect quality.
We did not plan the free SHS well. We failed to consult with the various communities, he said.
The former NDC UK and Ireland chairman of respect NDC said, the boarding aspect of the policy is having serious economic challenges on government and would be best if it was scrapped.
The free SHS policy implemented across the globe does not comprise free boarding because parents who are yearning to have their wards attend boarding school are made to pay for the boarding.
He admonished government to focus on community based free SHS policy in order to allow beneficiaries move from their homes to school.
"The boarding aspect of the policy is costing government too much. If we dwell on the community based schools. Students will travel for short a distance to school, it will reduce the cost and allow government to spend less on the policy"
He also touched on infrastructure and urged government to invest that needed infrastructure because education is extremely expensive.
He suggested a decentralised form of education managed by the Ghana Education Service.
He stressed, the policy is brilliant but was ill planned.