WASSCE results have shamed Free SHS critics – Akufo-Addo
President Akufo-Addo has applauded the first batch of beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School policy.
He says their results have shamed critics of the Free SHS policy which is one of the flagship programs of the governing New Patriotic Party.
For the past three years, the government has absorbed every tuition and boarding fee and a host of other bills for students in public senior high schools across the country.
That comes down to 2.1billion cedis spent on 1.2million students.
The policy has not been without controversy. The increased admission rates led to overcrowding, forcing the government to introduce what is called a ‘Double Track System’ that allowed two streams of students to go to school at different times.
The opposition and some sections of the public also expressed concerns about the effect of free SHS on quality education.
About 375,763 students from 977 schools sat for the examination in 2020, a figure which WAEC said is 8.6% higher than the number that sat in 2019.