Former Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor Adarkwa has said the free SHS can be sustained despite some comments and views from a section of the public especially the minority who believes otherwise.
Speaking on the Teknocrat with Gemma Appiah on Focus FM (KNUST), the former VC said the challenges of the free SHS shall be overcome and the policy will be sustained with the passage of time.
According to him, when government transitioned from the SSS and JSS system to SHS and JHS there was not enough funds to support the policy but it eventually succeeded therefore the free SHS policy will also succeed despite the initial challenges.
“Most of the time people are very cautious or in some cases we are very pessimistic. When we started the JHS and senior high school thing, a lot of us were very pessimistic but of course we didn’t have the full complement of funds but we went into it and now it is sustained. So I think that if people are hesitant or they are pessimistic it is their right but I think that we’ll sail through.
I think that this one if you look at it carefully the initial problems have not been many as we anticipated that tells us that perhaps some detailed planning has taken place so therefore I think that just as all other initiatives, we should be able to sustain this with the passage of time.
He further advised the various universities to start making preparations to accommodate the influx of students in some few years to come as a result of the free SHS policy.
“We need to tell government what the implications will be on the university and because of that maybe committees will have to start working so we are going to need a lot more larger classroom space. We are going to need a lot of other things so perhaps this is the time for us to sit down and begin to think of what the implications will be for us’’ he added.