Release of funds for the free SHS program could delay- Dep. Director Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly

Tracking Government Promises

Deputy Director of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, Mrs. Matilda Assiam, has expressed concerns about the timely release of funds by the government to support its free Senior High School policy scheduled to begin in September, 2017.

The Government of Ghana in its effort to afford all qualified students access to Senior High School education has committed to begin the implementation of the free SHS programme.

The free secondary education implies the absorption of all approved fees currently charged to students in public Senior High Schools by the government.

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Speaking to Amanda Okpara, iWatch Africa’s Central Region Correspondent,  Mrs. Assiam expressed her pessimism regarding governments’ ability to release funds in a timely manner to support it flagship campaign promise.

Mrs. Assiam stated, “There is a fear that the release of the money would not flow, because in budgeting money for the government today, it would be granted tomorrow, it would delay.”

The Deputy Director of Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly however agreed that the free SHS program would be beneficial to a lot of financially challenged parents.

“With the benefits, at least those having their wards going, usually that initial money they struggle to get would be taken from them and they can concentrate on provisions and pocket money. Therefore some people would be relieved but some would do their normal things, since it’s not for everyone,” she stated.

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The free SHS school program is expected to commence when school resumes in September 2017.

iWatch Africa’s Central Region Correspondent Amanda Okpara filed this report. (Edited by Gideon Sarpong)

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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