Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, has underscored the need for the Free Senior High School programme to targeted at persons with genuine need.
To him, the implementation should not benefit everyone.
Speaking at a Leadership Dialogue Series by the Centre of Social Justice themed ‘Ghana’s education system, current state, and future aspirations’, the former University of Ghana Vice-Chancellor suggested that some if the schools should be allowed to demand fees whereas others are made free.
“I believe strongly that we need to target people, and the most appropriate way is by means-testing. Means testing by the government will reduce the cost of tuition to the government and the monies saved channeled to improving the facilities and providing quality service. We have to find ways of pursuing what best works in our environment. Instead of making SHSs free, why don’t we make some free and others payable.”
“With that parents get to make a decision based on their strength. Even with the schools that are not free, scholarship opportunities could be created to allow people who are not financially strong to compete for them. That way, we can drag everyone along, poor or rich.”
The tenth edition of the Leadership Dialogue Series was held via Zoom under the auspices of the Centre for Social Justice, CSJ.