The Headmaster of Pentecost Senior High School (SHS) at Koforidua in the Eastern Region, Peter Atta Gyamfi has lauded President Akufo-Addo for the implementation of free SHS program, describing it as a huge relief to parents.
He made these remarks when the school held a thanksgiving service at their premises to give thanks to the almighty God for seeing them through in this year’s WASSCE examination with splendid performance and also moving from category D to join the elite schools in A.
According to the headmaster, had it not been the free SHS program, some students in the country would have ended in the house due to poverty.
Continuing, he said, despite the implementation of the free SHS there is still the existence of hardship among some students as most of them find it difficult to even provide for their basic needs.
Mr. Gyamfi added that some teachers at times have to contribute to providing petty needs of some students and is of the view that the policy is something that should be embraced by all.
He has therefore called on parents to do their maximum best to support the government’s bid in ensuring that students in the country get access to education which is the backbone of its progress.
“I’m a headmaster and I know how the student population has transformed under free SHS, so if anyone says the policy is not good, then I don’t know the angle the person is coming from. I have two students with 23 and 24 years here who completed JHS in 2016 but have to wait and write in 2018 before they were enrolled in SHS all because of hardship”, he emphasized.
The headmaster further stressed that, with the implementation of the policy, the student population has increased from 155 to 1,925 since the government absorbed the school in 2016 which clearly shows the policy has been of help to Ghanaians.