Only Ghanaian students will have the opportunity to enjoy the government’s Free SHS policy.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Rev Jonathan Bettey, who disclosed this said the government had given the indication that every Ghanaian student at the secondary level will benefit from the Policy.
According to him, any foreigner who wishes to enjoy the policy will have to pay fully without government’s help.
“Government has stated that foreigners will not benefit from the policy. If you are a foreigner, it is important that you fund for your own education because only Ghanaian students will be beneficiaries to this policy” he said.
Rev. Bettey also noted that students who wrote the BECE examination from 2014 to 2016 will also not benefit from the policy.
The Free SHS policy was launched in Accra on Tuesday, 12 September by the President with a call on Ghanaians to support the policy and to contribute ideas to make it sustainable.
At least over 400,000 students are expected to benefit from the programme.
The programme, which is an outcome of a campaign promise, will make an admission, examination, library and science laboratory fees free for junior high school (JHS) graduates who qualify for SHS.
Though the process has suffered some setbacks, government has been praised by parents and other civil society groups for fulfilling the flagship campaign promise.
But Rev Bettey indicated that government will explore other creative means to fund the policy since they believe education is key for the development of the country’s human resource.