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Be cautious over free SHS bill – Joshua Alabi to govt

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Professor Joshua Alabi, the former Rector of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has urged the government to be cautious regarding the proposed legislation on the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy.

Expected to be tabled in Parliament by the Education Minister, the bill aims to legally bind future administrations to maintain the policy.

Speaking with Citi News in Accra on Thursday, June 20, Professor Alabi recommended that the government must consider periodic assessments of the programme to optimise its effectiveness.

“In the first place we are not saying the Free SHS is not good. We have never said that all that we are saying is that the way it is being run is not the best for our people and that is why we kept in the word review and they told the whole world that we were going to stop it and that was just very unfortunate.

“Everything needs development, So, you can’t put something in the constitution which will just [be] cast in stone.”

“I think what we have to do is to make sure that we give an opportunity for reviews to develop and progress. So, I don’t know exactly what the bill is going to look like, but I think that we should tread cautiously,” he stated.

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