Review free SHS policy; it’s unsustainable – Michael Agyekum Addo

Founder and CEO of the Mikado Group of Companies, formerly the KAMA group Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo has urged the government to review the free Senior High School programme.

According to him, despite the good intentions of the programme and the long-term benefit, the programme as it currently pertains is unsustainable.

Speaking on Business Focus on TV3 Monday August 15, he told host Paa Kwesi Asare that government must desist from embarking on what he described as “emotional projects” just to please its supporters.

He attributed Ghana’s current challenges to a home that has been mismanaged.

”if you spend more than you earn you will go broke,” he said.

Asked if he thought the Free SHS Policy was sustainable, he said “I think we have got to review it. With time we must review everything, if you’re having difficulty in terms of income visa a visa expenditure, let’s review it. 

“Nothing stops you from having a change and I believe the government is thinking about it. Like buying books, more day schools, food. Some of these areas I think we can cut down and things will work out and there will be that sustainability.

“Emotional expenditure, government wanted to please Ghanaians by giving us free SHS, it’s an emotional expenditure but it is costing us so much but because it is a good cause let us find a way of increasing our income and I think it will be ok.”

He says government should not run a nation based on emotions and called for a need for emotional balance.


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