President Nana Akufo Addo says he is expecting a smooth take off of the free senior high school policy despite anticipated problems.
In two weeks, new entrants to the Senior High School will enjoy tuition and other amenities free of charge.
It will be a fulfilment of a long held campaign promise made as far back as the 2008 elections.
The promise gathered momentum in the 2016 elections despite an attempt by the previous NDC government to implement the policy.
Having won the elections, the Nana Akufo-Addo government says it will not compromise on implementing the flagship policy despite a number of criticisms some of which came from within the government in power.
The president, at any given opportunity never fails to mention the policy and his obsession to execute it through his “vibrant and energetic” Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh.
During one of such programmes- the launch of a logo for the free education policy- President Akufo Addo said the government is determined to sustain the policy.
“I hope all of us in Ghana can see the connection between that event and the where America is today as the economic power of the world. I believe if we understand that connection, we will all support this initiative,” he said.
“..If we understand that this is important not because a political party has made it a mantra and that the promise made is being fulfilled but because it goes to the heart of what we need to do to get our country going,” he said.
Presidential correspondent Elton John Brobbey who was at the launch said apart from free tuition the president announced there will be no fees collected for the library, computers, utilities etc. There will also be a free hot meal for day students as well.
Education Minister in charge of tertiary institution, Dr Kwasi Yankah said the free education policy offers the needed equality in education needed for the future generation.
“It will ensure a fair and just society where there is equality,” he said.
According to him, there will be qualitative instructional materials as well as teacher motivation modules to make the project successful.