Executive Director at the Institute for Education Studies, Dr Prince Armah, says government’s Free Senior High School programme will fail if it is characterised by corruption.

To prevent that from happening, Dr Armah has asked the government to ensure that funds allocated to the programme are properly tracked.

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“Efficiency is one of the ways to help sustain the Free SHS Policy. Corruption is the major thing to deal with if we want to sustain the Free SHS” he said.

Dr Armah was speaking at the maiden edition of Asempa FM Ekosiisen National Dialogue Series on how to sustain Free SHS held in Accra on Tuesday.

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The free SHS education policy began in September 2017.  The policy seeks to address inequality and ensure equal opportunities for all students through the removal of cost barriers in public second cycle schools.

All approved fees currently charged to students in public Senior High Schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training schools are absorbed by the government.

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But Dr Armah is of the conviction that there must be transparency and accountability to ensure that allocations made for the programme are not abused.