Over-centralisation of Free SHS has compromised quality, increased corruption
MINORITY PRESS RELEASE ON THE LOOMING CRISIS IN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS UNDER THE FREE SHS PROGRAMME IN THE COUNTRY. In 2017, precisely at the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year, the New Patriotic Party in a rush to fulfill one of the promises in their manifesto introduced the mass Free Senior High School with an intake of 353,053 as reported in paragraph 621 of the 2018 Budget Statement and Economic Policy delivered in Parliament by the Minister of Finance on 15th November, 2017. THE WAY FORWARD. The over centralization of the Free SHS programme at the centre has accounted for the persistent challenges in the running of Senior High Schools in the country. PTAs used to play very supportive roles in the development of Senior High Schools until the introduction of the Free SHS policy.