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Confirmed: Reasons Why Free SHS Was Initiated

The government of Ghana in 2017 switched policy to a free senior high school policy to reduce poverty by finally eliminating the financial burdens parents face in paying their children's fees.

The policy's core themes of access, equity and equality fulfil the United Nations modified Sustainable Development Goals, where member countries amalgamate those themes in their educational systems to certify adequate learning experiences for students.[3] Respective politicians and social workers have been allocated the duty to ensure the policy's efficiency, productivity and further development.

The Government spent GH¢212 million from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) in the first year of implementing the program.

The program have now been removed from the list of projects funded with the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA). It is now funded by the Scholarship Secretariat.

The formation of the policy did not come without typical political and social backlash concerning as to how the funding for the policy will be collected and operated.

President Nana Afuffo-Addo initially proposed for the system to be primarily funded by the government through re-adjustments of the national financial budget.

Such plans was challenged by the IMANI Centre for Policy and Education who are a 'think tank' organization that provide policy research and advice to governments and governmental institutions.

Out of a total GH₵202.38million of oil money made available to the education sector through the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA), GH₵196.38million was used to fund the Free Senior High School programme, the 2017 report of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) report has shown.

The money, being 97 percent of the entire allocation, is about three times bigger than allocations to both the Health and Agriculture priority areas.

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