The Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle has joined the chorus of voices calling for a rethinking of the free Senior High School (SHS) policy.
Despite the policy’s benefits to parents, the Rev. Father feels that stakeholders must be included in order to solve the policy’s difficulties and enhance its outcomes.
“I support 100%, the free SHS policy. [But] It is now time to have a stakeholder engagement to review the free SHS,” he noted.
He made the remarks at the launch of a book titled, “Accra ACA, Bleoo, The History of the Accra Academy from James Town to Bubuashie.”
Simon Ontoyin, a graduate of the University of Ghana and an alumnus of Accra Academy, wrote the 726-page book.
Mr. Ontoyin explained that he was inspired to write the book after realizing how little information on the school is available on the internet.
Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, speaking to the crowd, admitted that while the policy has benefited parents whose children are enrolled in the program, it may be improved to enhance Senior High School education in the country.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour, Deputy Education Minister and Member of Parliament for the Assin South Constituency, was the keynote speaker at the occasion.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour, for one, stated that the policy’s implementation will require collaboration from all parties to solve current obstacles.
Some have suggested that the program be changed to assure the quality of education, as some believe it is a major drain on the country’s resources.
Students engaged in the program confront numerous challenges, ranging from a lack of adequate infrastructure to a lack of food and other setbacks.