Education Ministry Deputy PRO writes: Free SHS hasn’t lowered standard of education

 

 

 

 

This he attributed to the Free SHS policy and insisted that the policy has not yielded the desired impact.

 

 

 

 

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Now, the data available in the archives of the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education paints a positive trend in the education sector since the introduction of the Free SHS policy.

Comparatively, for the past seven years (2015 – 2021), graduating students under the Free SHS policy has been vindicated by their performance in the WASSCE Exams.

 

 

 

 

Since 2017, when the Free SHS policy was successfully introduced by the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government, not only has it provided financial relief for parents, it has historically increased access to SHS from approximately 880,000 in 2016 to well over 1.2 million learners.

With this, the WASSCE results over the past two years of Free SHS students show that quality is not compromised.

 

 

 

 

 

This points to the fact that the double-track school calendar was a game-changer in allowing more students to have access to Free Quality SHS education without compromising quality.

Significant to note is that the 2020 and 2021 (Free SHS candidates) attained 60% in aggregate percentage passes in the core subject areas.

 

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