PROF. STEPHEN ADEI calls for review of government’s flagship program the free SHS.
He is calling on parents to say that, look, in the Free SHS, you have free books, free this and that but people must pay for their Children’s food at this moment. Why? Because only half of them are benefiting from the food. So, why this discriminatory.
These five years of implementation of this policy, both of these things have been established. The data is here, Pass rate in English Language has improved from 33 percent in 2016 to 54.5 percent, Integrated Science 48.5 percent to 65.7 percent and Social Studies 54.5 percent to 66 percent.”
“The policy is not cast in stone, it can be looked at, yes, but what we cannot do is to tamper with these two fundamentals things; access, we have to make sure everybody irrespective of their social origin, no matter their financial background has access to good quality secondary education.
“Because everybody recognizes that this is a very important step for progress of our country and especially the current state of our economy as a nation. I have to confess, I am somehow skeptical when I hear this discussion of let’s review he said.
“I am not saying that those elderly people or clergy criticizing don’t have good will for the policy, no I don’t want to be misunderstood. But I want to understand the areas which they are looking for review.” And it is important that those areas be looked at to see if they have will rather have positive effect on the policy.
He made this statement on air when he was interviewed on TV3 by Paa Kwesi Asare on Monday 31 October, 2022.