The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has bemoaned the effect of government’s free Senior High School (SHS) programme on the country’s national budget.
The Ashanti overlord was speaking at the University of Memphis in the United States.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu also stressed the impact of the programme on the level of unemployment in the country, despite being a good initiative.
According to the Ashanti warlord, “Considering the value of education to the nation, this must be one of the boldest policies of the nation but it also brings its challenges.”
He however noted that: “It puts a huge strain on the national budget and raises further challenges about the creation of jobs for the increasing number of graduates. I am sure the the brains assembled here in this audience and beyond will be reassured that Ghana is on the right path.”
The Akufo-Addo-led government launched the free SHS programme in 2017, in fulfilment of its campaign promise to the people.
There has been pressure on government to consider reviewing the programme, recently.
Some have called for the review of the programme citing the threat to quality education and the toll it is having on the country’s meagre national budget as reasons government needs to review the policy.
Government has however, stuck to the policy.