The Deputy Minister for Education, Rev John Ntim Fordjour, has disclosed that before the free Senior High School (SHS) education policy was introduced, 120,000 to 150,000 children ended their education upon completing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He attributed this phenomenon to their parents' inability to finance their secondary education.
Rev Fordjour however, stated that the introduction of the free SHS education has solved this problem, adding that 2.2 million students have by far benefitted from the policy since it was introduced in 2017.
He observed that the development of the country does not only depend on the talent of the few rich but also on the poor, so it shouldn't be the case that poor children would be left behind with respect to talent development.
The Minister made these remarks on the Peace FM Kokroko Breakfast Show on Monday.
Rev Fordjour admitted that the policy faced challenges from the early stages but added that this has always been the case with every new policy in all countries.
He also opined that the policy saves every Ghanaian parent about 10,000 on each child. This, he said, such monies can be invested in any profitable venture.
He touted the success of the programme, stating that government officials from other countries have been coming to Ghana to learn how to implement same in their countries.
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