Tuesday , 31 January 2023

Success of Free SHS policy should be measured by the end results – GES

The Spokesperson for Ghana Education Service (GES) has said that the success of the Free Senior High Schools (FSHS) policy should be measured by the end results achieved so far.

According to Mr. Yaw Opoku Mensah, the policy should be accessed by the number of students that have passed the WASSCE.

This comes after the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) made passionate calls for challenges bedeviling the FSHS to be addressed.

Speaking in an interview on JoyNews’ The Pulse on Monday, Mr Opoku Mensah said “Challenges are bound to happen, but you look at all the investment and the end product at the end of the day.”

He contended that amidst the challenges facing the Free SHS programme, 60 percent of students who have benefitted from the policy gain access to tertiary education.

“And the end product of the free SHS tells you that per the policy you are implementing, per the investment that you are doing, it gives you a benchmark value which is about 60 percent plus of students accessing tertiary education. Then it tells you the policy is good, which needs to be maintained and beefed up, so that you can move to 70 percent plus.”

“There is nothing like a perfect system. All systems will have challenges, it got to do with your ability to be able to deal with the challenges. All policies or the programs the government is running should cumulatively translate into the results you will see at the end of the day.

“And the government has measured the success of this program using the summative evaluative approach. How do we measure the success of a program if we don’t evaluate the outcome?” he asked.

He stated that teachers and policymakers of the Free SHS need to be celebrated for the wonderful WASSCE results this year as the performance is far better than the years when there was no Free SHS.

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