‘Free SHS’ was a campaign message of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) during the 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.
The NPP promised to implement a free education policy for every Senior High School (SHS) student.
However, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) insisted that it was not achievable.
But delivering his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Tuesday, 25th February 2014, President John Dramani Mahama stated that his administration will soon ‘introduce’ free SHS in Ghana, albeit “progressively”.
He said the Ministry of Education in “consultation with other stakeholders will introduce a progressive introduction of free secondary education in Ghana which will reduce the burden on parents as indicated in the 1992 constitution”.
According to him, “the road map (for the free SHS) will be soon presented to parliament for deliberation.