Students are receiving free SHS-branded T-shirts at a projected cost of GHC38 million.

According to, about 1,274,412 pupils in schools all over the nation are receiving T-shirts with the Free SHS emblem printed on them in large quantities. 

The T-shirts are being distributed by the Free Senior High School Secretariat in the President's office. 

The price of the shirts has not been disclosed, but the standard cost of printing a T-shirt in Ghana ranges from Ghc20 to Ghc60 per shirt, depending on the quality and quantity of shirts being printed. 

According to the Ministry of Education, there are currently 827,193 students enrolled in the second and third years of SHSs. 

According to the Ministry, 447,219 first-year students have registered so far this school year. 

The government is spending around Gh38,232,360 on Free SHS T-shirts for the 1,274,412 pupils who are currently enrolled, assuming an average printing cost of Gh30 per T-shirt. 

Approximately 100 public second-cycle institutions in the Eastern region have received 41,215 t-shirts so far, according to Kojo Ansah, the Eastern Regional Correspondent for Starr News. Technical and vocational education training institutions are among these establishments. 

Initially, each school received 416 T-shirts, but more are on the way and will be distributed as they do. 

Asiedu Acheampong, the Public Relations Officer for the Ghana Education Service at the Eastern Regional Education Directorate, responded that he was unaware that any schools had received these T-shirts when he was questioned. 

I am aware of branded cardigans from various institutions, but I am unaware of free SHS t-shirts, the man replied. I'll look into it if you send me a picture of one and the name of the school where you took it. 

The PRO's explanation didn't convince Kojo Ansah, so he questioned Daniel Ayertey, the regional supply officer at the regional directorate of GES, as to why he was dispensing Free SHS T-shirts, which the PRO claimed GES hadn't authorized. The PRO's assertion astonished Mr. Ayertey, who then called him. 

Later, he claimed that the Free SHS Secretariat had given the pupils the t-shirts for free at the end of the previous school year. 

The first supply of 41,215 pieces, he claimed, arrived in the area, but since the stores were already filled, it was given to the schools so that the pupils may use it as they saw fit while they awaited the second arrival. 

Although the t-shirts are free for the pupils, some headmasters and instructors told Starr News that the printing fees are not. 

They said that the government could utilize the money spent on producing the T-shirts to make up for past-due school expenses. 

The average number of pupils in SHSs increased because to the double-track system, from roughly 800,000 in 2015 to 1.2 million in 2021. The free SHS program is to blame for this. 

Since its inception, the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA), which is derived from oil revenues, and the Consolidated Fund, which is the general government's bank account, have been used to fund the Free SHS program. 

But the management of second-cycle institutions has been challenging due to financial issues and delays in food delivery to the schools.


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