By Samira Larbie, GNA
Accra, Sept 11, GNA - The registration of new students under the Free Senior High School Policy at the St Mary's Senior High Schools (SHS) in Accra began smoothly, on Monday, as anxious parents waited rather patiently for the turns of their wards.
Mr Lambert Lartey, a parent, said the Policy was a good initiative that would work well to the benefit of Ghanaians and urged all to support the process to ensure its success.
When the Ghana News Agency visited the St Mary’ School to monitor the progress of affairs, it observed that the process was much easier for students who found their names on the list.
Some parents told the GNA that though the process had been slow, it was steadily progressing.
Madam Cecilia Annor, a parent said her ward had gotten admission but she was displeased because she preferred her being a boarder instead of a day student.
Some parents also expressed dissatisfaction with the kind of courses their wards had been offered and expressed the hope that these minor challenges could be addressed.
The President would officially launch the Policy at the West African Senior High School, on Tuesday, September 12, at Adentan in the Greater Accra Region.
The Free SHS programme is a long-held campaign promise by the New Patriotic Party that seeks to increase enrolment in schools by removing the burden of all major mandatory fees from parents and making it a responsibility of the Government.
The relief would cover tuition fees, admission fees, library fees, science centre fees, computer laboratory fees, examination fees, and utility fees.
Additionally, there would be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students would get a meal at school for free.
The policy would also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.
An estimated 1.6 million eligible students between the ages of 15 and 17 years across the country, are expected to benefit from the Policy.