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Review All Aspects of Free SHS Policy – Catholic Church

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for broad and National dialogue of relevant stakeholders to review all aspects of free Senior High School policy.

The Bishops are also calling on government to address challenges associated with the Computerized School Selection Placement System to find the best way forward for the Country.

This was contained in A communiqué released after their Annual Plenary Assembly held in Elmina in the Central Region, and signed by the President of the Conference, Most Rev Philip Naameh.

In 2017 Plenary Assembly, Catholic Bishops described as discriminatory the exemption of students in private schools from the free senior High school policy by government.

In their view, the policy must be reworked to cover all senior high school students in the country.

“The free SHS is here and we welcome it. However for it to be more effective, some of our schools need serious upgrading and physical infrastructure and resources like textbooks, tables, and others. For greater equity, students in private non-government assisted SHS must also benefit from the program,” the priests told the President in a meeting in the Northern region.

At the end of it's yearly plenary on November 16, 2018, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has commended the government for introducing the free Senior High School (SHS) policy and double-track system, describing these as “creative solutions to serious problems of exclusion and inequality to access to education”.

Source: Kofi Atakora/

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