Government is in negotiation with the managers of the country’s top Senior High Schools to reserve at least 30% of their intake for students from public Junior High Schools (SHS).
This is to create opportunity for more pupils from public Junior High Schools (JHS) who qualify to enter SHS, to benefit from the government’s Free SHS policy.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) prior to the 2016 elections, promised Ghanaians to redefine basic education and make it free from primary school to JHS.
“The NPP will redefine basic education to include Senior High School (SHS), covering vocational, agricultural and technical schools, and make it available for free on a universal basis to all Ghanaians,” they promised in the manifesto.
President Akufo-Addo after emerging victorious from the polls, announced the free SHS policy will take effect in September this year, when the new academic calendar begins.
Addressing school managers in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh said plans are underway to persuade top senior high schools such as Achimota, PRESEC, Prempeh, Mfantsipm and the rest, to make 30% reservation for students from public schools.
Currently, it is believed that about 90% of students who gain admission into SHS are from private JHS which their parents could afford while the brilliant ones from poor backgrounds are pushed out.
Ironically, majority of the senior high schools are funded by the government.
This, according to the Education Minister is unfair on the part of the brilliant but deprived children from public schools and should be addressed.