President Akufo-Addo has urged beneficiaries of the Free SHS to shame critics of the policy by passing their West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
The first batch of students who benefited from the FREE SHS policy are currently in second year and will be undertaking the WASSCE next year.
The President believes good results from the pioneering batch of students would shame critics of the policy and encourage more Ghanaians to buy into the policy.
Speaking to teachers and students of the Ntrubuman Senior High School in Breweneasi in the Nkwanta south district as part of his two-day working visit to the Oti Region, he said;
You have a big responsibility, to make sure that this free senior high school concept comes to stay and all Ghanaians buy into it. Those of you who will go next year to take the exams will be the first of the free senior high school generation to take the exams,” President Akufo-Addo said.
“My prayer is that the exams the result of the exams will show that Ghanaians are right to embrace the free senior high school concept. You are the pioneers, don’t let the school down and shame all those people who didn’t want you to have the free senior high school.”
Former president John Mahama has been a strong critic of the Free SHS since its inception. It is on record that he will review the Free SHS policy should the National Democratic Congress (NDC) return to power in 2020.