Free SHS produces quantity rather than quality students." — Mr. Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana

Professor Ivan Addae Mensah, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, has stated that the NPP government's flagship Free Senior High School program is simply producing quantity rather than quality kids, indicating the need for a second look.

He told JoyNews that the police, in its current form, is akin to exchanging quality for quantity.

According to the experienced academic, the fact that the majority of the free SHS program's graduates are unable to gain admission to the country's two best universities is a testament to the program's low quality.

Professor Addae Mensah was quoted by as saying: "Out of the over 720 senior high schools in the country, only 110 have had their students make it to the two traditional medical schools at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the University of Ghana," according to

According to the news agency, he advised the government to focus on replicating what makes a few schools succeed rather than building STEM institutions.

Professor Stephen Adei, an economist and Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, is among the professionals who have expressed concern about the plan's economic consequences and have requested for it to be reconsidered.

He claimed that allocating GH7.5 billion per year to the Free SHS scheme is an overstretch of the economy.

He urged for the exclusion of a few of the country's "best Senior High Institutions" from the scheme, arguing that affluent parents who send their children to such schools should pay for their education.

"We'll have to take another look at it." I believe that some schools should be made autonomous and fee-paying so that people will attend them, but that everyone else should have access to decent community schools. As a result, the Achimotas and the Wey Gey Heys, which parents want their children to attend, allow them to pay.

"Only a small percentage of the poor visit Achimota. Allow the wealthy to visit and pay. Use the Achimota funds to build excellent schools in all areas so that they can attend without having to travel. Professor Stephen Adei noted, "They generally come from the communities."

Meanwhile, despite numerous objections and proposals from various experts and stakeholders, the government has continued to push through with the implementation of the free SHS program.


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