The soft-spoken Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Ken Ofori-Atta has incurred the wrath of his party members for suggesting that, the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy must target the vulnerable ones who lack the financial capacity and allow those with the means to pay for their children continue to pay fees, Today can report.

Mr Ofori Atta’s comments came after the government last week through President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo revealed that, it was going to implement a dual tracking system at the SHS level due to the huge challenges in financing its flagship programme. According to Mr. Ofori Atta, “there must be changes in the way the policy is being administered in the future”. He, however, added that it was important to get everybody on the policy before considering other ways to improve it.


“The issue of free education, I don’t think it’s something that any of us can compromise on…It may be that there have to be changes in the way which we are administering it,” Mr Ofori-Atta said. He added “I can’t take my child to Achimota or Ordogonnor and then leave him or her and drive away and Ken Ofori-Atta not pay anything while I can pay for 10 people. You need to be able to get the data to then be discriminatory in how and who pays and who doesn’t pay”.

Source: Kelvin Malor/