The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) want the government to take a second look at some flagship programmes including the Free SHS.
The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) have called on the government to immediately review some of its major flagship policies including the Free Senior High School programme.
Talking to Kwaku Nhyira-Addo on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Friday (1 July), the president of GUTA, Dr Joseph Obeng, said the move has become crucial due to the challenging economic situation in the country.
“I think that we need to review many a policy. Not only to Free SHS… all other policies must be reviewed to suit the needs of these difficult times,” Dr Obeng said. “The government must be bold.”
Speaking on the same programme, the president of AGI Humphrey Ayim-Darke said reviewing policies like the Free SHS could help the government make some adjustments.
“The Free SHS is a noble objective, but we must let the data and facts talk as to its sustainability… if it is not sustainable then how do we tweak it to make it so?” he asked.
Dr John Kwakye, the director of research at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) had earlier this year said the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme must be reviewed to allow rich parents to pay for their wards’ fees.
According to Kwakye, this could help lessen the fiscal pressure on the government in the wake of the economic challenges facing the country.
“I am not against Free SHS because human capital creates fiscal capital… but if some people can afford its payment then let them pay or we can even do cost-sharing,” the economist said on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (16 June).
He added: “It really makes no sense why the government is so adamant to pay [the fees of the wards of] parents who want to make the payment themselves.”