President Akufo-Addo has emphatically stated that his administration will oppose any effort by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to review its flagship programme in education, Free Senior High School (Free SHS).
He said despite the need to cut down government’s expenditure, the flagship program meant to lessen the plight of the ordinary Ghanaian will not be sacrificed.
President Akufo-Addo explained that the flagship programmes “are the heart of government works over the last five years.”
“We have made it clear to everybody that they [government’s flagship programmes] are nonnegotiable in terms of our public expenditure,” he assured.
Speaking in an interview on GBC’s URA radio in Bolgatanga while on a tour in the Upper East Region, the President also referred to a comment passed by the Country Director of the IMF that “they cannot see how an important social intervention can be sacrificed to have a programme with them” to buttress his point.
“I agree in the same direction and I am very confident that these programmes, especially, FSHS and TVET .. will be intact,” he added.
Following government’s application to the IMF for a bailout, there have been calls for a review of the Free SHS to address the funding challenges.
But President Akufo-Addo has opposed such calls stressing that the Free Senior High School policy would not be reviewed despite the current economic crisis in the country.
He said that the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine invasion on the world economy would not deter the government from providing free quality education at the basic and secondary school levels.