The Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy has been hailed as a game-changer by Mr George Nkrumah, a retired banker. He believes that the policy will spur economic transformation and reduce the financial burden on most Ghanaian parents. Speaking at the 40th-anniversary celebration of the Nyakrom Senior High Technical School at Agona Nyakrom in the Central Region, Mr Nkrumah called on Ghanaians to embrace the Free SHS policy, which had increased enrolment and improved infrastructure in senior high schools across the country.
For the most part, Mr Nkrumah praised the policy for making it easier for students from poor backgrounds to gain access to secondary education, while some had scholarships abroad to positively impact their future. He encouraged students to take their studies seriously and avoid spending most of their time on the internet. He also urged parents to invest in their children’s education, being the key to success in life.
In his address, Mr Elias Arthur, the Headmaster of the Nyakrom Senior High Technical School, highlighted the school’s impressive performance in both academic and sports. He noted that the school had been moved from a grade D to an A school four years ago and currently tops four senior high schools in the Agona West Municipality.
Mr Arthur also appealed to the Government to ensure that the contractor returned to site to complete the boys’ dormitory project, which was touted as a flagship project in 2019. He further appealed to financial institutions, individuals, and old students to help complete an abandoned PTA two-story block, comprising 18 classrooms, which started in 2006, to facilitate teaching and learning.
In a nutshell, the event was a success, and prizes were awarded to students who excelled in various subjects. Mr Richard Ben Debrah, an old boy, who chaired the function, donated 10 ceiling fans to be fixed in the classrooms. The exhibition of art works climaxed the occasion, and it was evident that the Free SHS policy had positively impacted the students’ lives and their education.