Businesses have been asked to join the debate to find a more sustainable way of financing education in the country.
A deputy Minister of Education,
He, therefore, advised them to join forces with the government to ensure this happens for the benefit of all.
He said that when he opened the last in the series of the GRAPHIC BUSINESS/ STANBIC BREAKFAST MEETING for the year at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra.
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It was on the theme: “Financing Free Quality Education in Ghana – Sustainable Funding Options.”
The deputy minister said the path taken by the government would not be reversed because of its value to the economy but was quick to add that the support from businesses to make it work better could not be underestimated.
The debate on the government’s Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy continuous to rage with people from varied backgrounds making their views known about how to ensure that quality is not compromised while the policy is being rolled out.
While one school of thought believes that the policy should be well-focused to allow those who can pay to do so, the other school also thinks that once the government has thought it wise to carry the burden alone, nothing should change that direction.
Presently, it is estimated that the cost of this year’s free SHS bill is over GH¢400 million. However, about GH¢3.3 billion is what is required to ensure that the necessary infrastructure and learning materials are added to improve the quality as many envisage.
While some feel that increasing taxes will bridge the funding gap, others are strongly against the idea because they are of the view that businesses are already suffocating under too many taxes
Govt stance on free SHS
“We need more of the people who are not in school because of fees to be there because other countries outside Africa have made it and we can make it too”, he said.
He insisted that there could be no investment better than educating a citizenry and, therefore, ways to find the means to make that happen would not be shelved.
Against the widely held perception that the nature of the implementation of the programme would affect quality,
He said the initial challenges being encountered should not be made to look as if the whole programme was geared towards quantity and not quality.
According to the deputy minister, the government wanted
While arguing in
He said more innovative means of teaching and learning were being explored to incorporate them into the
Importance of education
The Acting Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL),
He beaconed the appropriate authorities to
He, therefore, said it was expedient to explore available funding options and strategies to ensure quality and sustainable SHS education in the country.