Free SHS: Adisadel College yet to receive Funds for Food and Logistics – Headmaster

Tracking the Free SHS Program

Headmaster of Adisadel College, William Kusi-Yeboah has hailed the free Senior High School initiative by the Government of Ghana despite insisting that his school is yet to receive funds for food and logistics.

The Government of Ghana in its effort to afford all qualified students access to Senior High School education begun the implementation of the free SHS program in September 2017.

Deputy Minister of Finance, Abena Osei-Asare, announced two weeks ago that the government has disbursed half of the GHc 486 million earmarked for the free SHS policy.

Speaking to Amanda Okpara, iWatch Africa’s Central Region Correspondent, Mr. Kusi- Yeboah stated that Adisadel College is yet to receive funds for food and also logistics.

He stated, “The free SHS is sustainable, though there are challenges. The free SHS fund has been paid into the schools account but not all. The food and logistics money is not yet in, and the money that was sent also came late. If it will be a one-time payment it would be better. So far the government has taken virtually everything”

Headmaster of Adisadel College William Kusi-Yeboah
Headmaster of Adisadel College William Kusi-Yeboah

The major challenge facing the free SHS program which many have voiced concern has to do with sustainability of the program, and a clear guideline from the government as to where it will find money to fund the program moving forward.

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

Amanda Okpara, iWatch Africa Central Region Correspondent filed this report. (Gideon Sarpong edited and contributed to it.)

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2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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