If elected in the general elections of 2024, John Dramani Mahama, the leader of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), has declared that he will examine the Free Senior High School Policy (Free SHS) in its entirety within the first 100 days of office.
Speaking on Tuesday, November 7, at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Accra, Mr. Mahama stressed the importance of a strong foundation in elementary education. He described his intention to put together a group of specialists in education to create a better framework for carrying out Ghana’s education system’s cornerstone, the Free SHS policy.
He said he thought a wide range of stakeholders should be involved in the evaluation. The goal of the proposed stakeholder summit is to improve the Free SHS system and raise the standard of basic education. It will bring together education experts, educators, parents, students, and opinion leaders.
According to Mahama, “Within the first 100 days in government, we will convene a stakeholder summit that brings together educationists, experts, teachers, parents, students, and opinion leaders to deliberate on how to improve the implementation of the Free SHS system and also improve the quality of our basic education.”
Along with this pledge, Mr. Mahama suggested going back to the previous practice of employing the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for student assessments within the region, which was implemented before to the implementation of the Free SHS program.