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Free SHS review prerogative of President - Prof. Opoku-Amankwa

BY: Education Desk Report
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa — Director-General, GES
Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa — Director-General, GES

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has explained that the GES is not undertaking any review of the free senior high school (FSHS).

“Any such review of the free SHS policy is the sole prerogative of the President and the government. The Ghana Education Service is an agency and does not formulate or initiate a review of policies,” Prof. Opoku-Amankwa explained in a statement he signed and issued in Accra last Friday.

Clarification

The clarification follows recent media publications which suggest that the Director-General said the free SHS policy is being reviewed.

But Prof Opoku-Amankwa explained that as an agency, the GES implemented government policies and programmes in pre-tertiary education.

The statement recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a recent speech at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) assured all students, potential students, parents and the entire country that the free SHS would not be affected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.

“It is the commitment of the GES under my leadership to ensure that the vision of His Excellency President Akufo-Addo to provide accessible, equitable and quality free SHS education is fully implemented to the benefit of the good people of Ghana,” the statement concluded.