(SONA 2024) President Akufo-Addo Declares Victory for Free SHS: Time to Focus on Improvement!

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(SONA 2024) President Akufo-Addo Declares Victory for Free SHS: Time to Focus on Improvement!

President Akufo-Addo urges critics to halt their opposition to the Free SHS policy and instead channel efforts into enhancing its efficacy. Highlighting its success, he emphasizes the need for collective dedication to further improve the program.

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Addressing the nation on Tuesday 27th February 2024 (SONA 2024), President Akufo-Addo said “Mr. Speaker, Free SHS might be labeled by its detractors as a mere political slogan that must be demonized, but it is, in fact, a transformative program that has broken myths and liberated minds. I am proud that the NPP government, under my leadership, has been able to bring this transformative policy into our education system.”

“Mr Speaker, I believe the success of the Free SHS has answered its critics and the arguments about it should cease, and we should simply concentrate on finding ways to improve it,” he stated.

Success and Transformation:

President Akufo-Addo asserts the transformative impact of the Free SHS policy, dismissing detractors' claims and celebrating its role in unlocking potential beyond the BECE level.

Acknowledging initial concerns regarding educational standards, the President cites the 2023 WASSCE results as evidence of sustained quality despite increased enrollment.

Challenges and Criticisms:

While lauding its achievements, challenges including fiscal sustainability and resource allocation are recognized, prompting calls for review and optimization.

Fiscal Sustainability:

ISSER highlights fiscal challenges, advocating for sustainable funding models to ensure the program's longevity and effectiveness.

Quality Education:

Concerns over teacher-student ratios and resource allocation underscore the necessity for maintaining educational standards amidst enrollment surges.


President Akufo-Addo's call to shift focus from critique to improvement signifies a pivotal moment for Ghana's education landscape. Collaborative efforts are imperative to address challenges and ensure the sustained success of the Free SHS program.

Let us unite in advancing the Free SHS program, prioritizing education as a cornerstone of national development. Together, we can build a brighter future for Ghana's youth.

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