Founder and Executive Director of Peace Watch Ghana, Madam Nyonkopa Daniels, believes that while the introduction of free senior high school is a good policy, its implementation was inadequate.
According to her, the policy should have targeted people in extreme poverty who are unable to pay their wards’ fees.
To her, several people can pay their wards’ and others’ fees, but we want them to receive free SHS.
Madam Daniels stated that it makes no sense for the government to allow the children of public servants such as ministers, police officers, and immigration officers, among others, to benefit from free SHS because they have the capacity and financial ability to care for their wards.
Why should the children of the finance minister, the energy minister, and other public-sector workers be entitled to free SHS when their parents can afford to pay for others? There is a financially secure petiole who can also pay. They should pay, and even pay for others who cannot.
The policy was rushed, exposing our political leaders to being populists. They rush policies just to get votes. They do not consider our policies and do not seek alternative viewpoints from those who can provide them.
We must move away from populism and partisanship in policy implementation and engage stakeholders beyond our political stripes for the sake of our nation’s development.”