The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has dismissed calls for a comprehensive review of the Free Senior High School policy (FSHS).
This development comes on the back of persistent calls by various stakeholders to have the FSHS policy reviewed given the numerous challenges it faced since its implementation in 2017.
During a nationwide tour by former President John Dramani Mahama, he emphasized his commitment to revisiting the policy should he secure the presidency in the upcoming 2024 elections.
But in a recent interview on the Citi Breakfast Show, Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum expressed that the current state of the policy doesn’t warrant a wholesale review but rather demands specific improvements. He emphasized the need to focus on training teachers to ensure they are well-prepared for effective teaching, ultimately leading to better learning outcomes.
“Anything that you do, there will be areas that need improvements. On improvements, we can look to train teachers and make sure that teachers are well prepared to teach for better learning outcomes.”
Responding to suggestions about the possibility of parents paying for boarding while day education remains free, Dr. Adutwum firmly rejected such a proposition.
“No…We just have to improve the learning outcomes and ensure that the investment is worth their while of Ghanaians so that they know that their taxpayers are being used to their benefit and we are bridging the gap between the rich and the poor”, he remarked.