Free SHS has burdened Ghana’s meagre resources – Otumfuo

The King of the Ashanti Kingdom has acknowledged that although Free SHS is a great policy, it has burned the country’s meagre resources.

According to him, the policy has brought a grave challenge to the country because it puts a huge strain on the national budget.

“… the current government has introduced free education up to Senior High School which now ensures that all Ghanaian children from whatever background are guaranteed free education.

“Considering the value to the nation, this must be one of the boldest policies of the nation but it also brings its challenges, it puts a huge strain on the national budget and raises further the challenge about the creation of jobs for the increasing number of graduates,” he said.




Otumfour made this known at Memphis in May event at the University of Memphis in the US.

The King of the Ashante Kingdom used the opportunity to talk about his Foundation which has provided scholarships for several students.

“When we ascended the golden stole 23 years ago, we proclaimed education as the ultimate priority of our ruin. In furtherance of our priority, we established a foundation to support the education of children from poor backgrounds, It has been so far one of the largest private interventions in education in the country’s history and has provided tuition to students who otherwise been deprived of basic education, among them persons who have rised to serve as ministers of state and justices of the courts,” he said.

Source: 2022

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