The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) has said the Free SHS policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo-led administration has improved access to senior high schools but bridled with substantial challenges.
Sharing findings from its 2018/19 Free SHS monitoring report in line with its mandate to undertake independent assessment of the management and use of petroleum revenues, PIAC observed that the policy has led to early reporting at schools at the beginning of each term, compared to the period preceding the Free SHS as students no longer have to wait for school fees to be provided them before reporting to school.
PIAC further observed that core textbooks had been adequately provided in all schools visited, albeit late in some instances.
“Generally, the books were supplied in sufficient quantities,” it said.
Mark Agyemang, Technical Manager for PIAC speaking to SilverNEWS in an interview lauded the government on the double track initiative.
''We have seen appreciable increase in enrolment after the introduction of the system and the government is making every effort in his capacity to totally wipe out the double track system''
''The interval between vacation and reopening has even reduced as compared to the previous system''
''There has also been significant improvement in their feeding and extended to day students''
He indicated that parents have also benefited from the policy with a reduction in the number of wards who used to depend on them for daily upkeep and also a significant reduction seen in the number of students who help their parents on farms.