Free SHS begins; gov’t warns of truancy

Truancy will not be tolerated when the next academic year begins.

That is the warning from Education Minister Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, who says government is on course to roll out the progressively Free Senior High School policy.

She warned, persons of age 16 and below have no business staying out of school when government implements the programme.

The Minister issued the warning in a speech read on her behalf at a sod cutting ceremony for one of government’s community day SHS at Paakuso near Kumasi.

“About 30 per cent of the national budget is being invested in the education sector. Starting from next academic year there is something we call progressively free SHS is coming on live. This is not a promise and fail thing.

“All measures have been put in place, a technical implementation committee has been constituted at the Ministry level to [implement the programme],” Samuel Baryeh of the Education Ministry said this on behalf of the minister.

“For the first phase of this project, the school fees of day students are going to be absorbed by government.

“So now every person at the age of 16-years-old have no reason to stay at home. The school has been made available to you,” he said.

The progressive free SHS programme is in fulfilment of a promise made by President John Mahama in his State of the Nation Address to Parliament in 2014.

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