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NUGS Calls for Urgent Review of Free SHS Policy

NUGS Calls for Urgent Review of Free SHS Policy

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has urgently called for a review of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, advocating for parents and guardians to contribute to the funding of pre-tertiary education.

In addition to this, NUGS proposes the uncapping of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to channel funds towards the expansion of infrastructure in second-cycle schools.

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General Secretary Ismail Tuohesung Issahaque, accompanied by other NUGS officials, stressed the importance of addressing challenges in the implementation of the Free SHS policy.

They commended the government for the initiative but highlighted the pressing issues faced by second-cycle schools, including congestion, inadequate facilities, and the regular provision of food items for students.

The NUGS General Secretary emphasized the need for a policy review, allowing parents, especially those capable of paying, to contribute towards addressing these challenges, particularly in areas such as feeding.

Blaming some of the sector’s challenges on the capping of the GETFund, Issahaque urged the government to uncap the fund, highlighting that only 55% of the expected revenue is allocated to the education sector out of the GH¢4.1 billion anticipated from GETFund revenue in the 2023 budget.

Addressing the 18-month arrears of allowances for nursing trainees, NUGS urged the government to resolve the issue promptly, emphasizing the importance of these allowances for students’ day-to-day lives and academic pursuits.

In addition, NUGS called on the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to ensure that punitive actions do not hinder the 22,270 candidates whose 2023 BECE results were withheld from continuing to the SHS level.

They stressed that any optional punishment should not deprive these students of their right to education.

Meanwhile, WAEC has confirmed the initiation of meetings with the affected candidates to discuss the withheld results, citing “collusion” as the primary reason for the delay.

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