Some important social intervention programs, including the Free Senior High School (SHS), would continue to operate under an IMF program, according to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
According to President Nana Addo, the launch of the free SHS policy was made when the government was still enforcing an IMF program left over from the previous Mahama administration.
“The SHS policy was introduced in September of my first term in office within nine months of my coming under an IMF program. So it’s already being accommodating within the thinking of a fund program for Ghana,” he said in an interview on Bolgatanga-based URA Radio.
President Nana Addo responded to concerns that the current structure of the free SHS and TVET programs imposed an unacceptably high burden on the government, saying, “It’s relatively easy for me to give this assurance. The Free SHS and free TVET programs are the core of this government’s work over the last five years, and we have made clear to everyone that they’re non-negotiable when it comes to the public expenditure.”
He promised that free SHS and TVET would continue to exist despite the impending IMF intervention, which is frequently accompanied by conditions.
“And already I think you’ve heard the statement the IMF Country Director made not too long that they cannot see how such an important social intervention can be sacrificed on the altar of a program with them. All our minds are going in the same direction. I’m very, very confident that these programs especially the free SHS and free TVET programs will emerge from the fund intact,” President Nana Addo assured.
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