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2017-02-17

[N] What The Hell! . . . We're Still Talking About 'Missing' State Vehicles? - Allot
[N] We've 'enough resources' for Free SHS - Ofori-Atta
[N] Three robbers arrested for using state protocol vehicle for criminal activities
[N] Bentil backs AU withdrawal from ICC
[N] Pastor sentenced to 20 years in jail for defiling girl, 13
[N] 5 policemen, 2 soldiers wounded in Kumawu chieftaincy clashes
[N] Come clear on Free SHS funding - Minority to Akufo-Addo
[N] All ten regional ministers-designate approved by Parliament
[N] Ghana and Morocco sign 27 MOUs
[N] 15 cops storm NDC's Trobu Secretary’s home to seize
[N] Taxi runs into kiosk, kills woman, 73
[N] I wish I got pregnant - Otiko Djaba

2017-02-16

[N] CID releases Kofi Adams' five cars
[N] I pulled out due to insults – E.T Mensah
[N] GIMPA staff on strike over election of Deputy Rector
[N] Failed NDC MP seizes key to borehole
[N] Invite me or I’ll sue – Ablakwa to Ghartey’s committee
[N] Ghana spent $450,000 to transport troops to The Gambia - Dominic Nitiwul
[N] Stay away from Heritage Fund – ACEP warns government
[N] Government urged to re-think decision to "raid" Heritage Fund
[N] Using heritage fund for free SHS ludicrous idea – Kwame Jantuah
[N] KATH CEO enforced cash and carry policy at emergency ward
[N] No more Hajj challenges - IC Quaye
[N] First Lady cuts sod for hostel at Korle Bu
[N] Education Minister should be sacked - Teachers Union

2017-02-15

[B] Nip 'digital migration company' idea in the bud – Nduom advises gov't
[N] Norfund’s Arise acquires 27.7% of CAL Bank
[B] GRA closes down Packplus Limited for owing GH¢2.6m
[N] Free education is possible if we stop buying V8 - Samuel Atta-Mensah
[N] NDC propagandists fighting against my Council of State bid – E.T Mensah
[N] 21 drug pushers arrested at Tema
[N] Agyarko didn't bribe anybody, they're only spoiling his name - Allotey Jacobs
[N] Akufo-Addo can't fulfil any of his promises; he has only 4 years – Anyidoho
[N] Sammy Awuku grabs chieftaincy title
[N] We have found at last an African solution to an African problem – Ablakwa
[N] Unibank Staff robbed at gun point
[N] Sunyani chiefs ‘forgive’ Brong Ahafo regional minister-designate
[N] Free SHS: NDC pretended the NPP was speaking Chinese - Kweku Baako
[N] You will be sacked if students fail BECE, WASSCE - Education Minister warns scho
[N] KTI Report: Armed policemen stormed girls dormitories with torchlight
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[ 2017-02-14 ]

Yaw Osafo-Maafo,Senior Minister

Money for free SHS will come from Heritage Fund - Osafo Marfo
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo has hinted that
the government’s Free Senior High School policy
will be funded by the Heritage Fund.

The Akufo-Addo government plans to fully implement
the policy from September. President Akufo-Addo
over the weekend said the implementation of his
much touted campaign policy was on course stating
that “by free SHS, we [government] mean that in
addition to tuition which is already free, there
will be no admission fees, no library fees, no
science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no
examination fees, no utility fees, there will be
free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and
day students will get a meal at school for free.”

The president’s announcement of the full
enrollment of the policy was, however, met with
stern skepticism as he did not disclose its source
of funding.

The head of Economics at IMANI, Patrick Stephenson
said the policy is likely to face challenges due
to the country’s wobbling financial status.

“I think that’s been the problem to the extent
that we have not seen sufficient clarity from the
current government [and] is making it very
difficult to appreciate what the intended
objectives are,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

But speaking to Journalists on Tuesday on the
sidelines of a Graphic-Stanbic breakfast forum,
Mr. Marfo down-played the apprehension caused by
the president’s failure to disclose the source of
funding for the policy.

According to him, it will be funded by the
Heritage Fund and that the government is taking a
critical look at the Fund to clear all the legal
bottlenecks that will make it possible to be used
as the main source of funding for the audacious
policy.

“We are going to look at the Heritage Fund—the
Heritage [Fund] implies for the future. We want to
introduce…and the president mentioned it last week
[Free Senior High School] and it is likely to be
Funded through the Petroleum Act [Heritage Fund,”
he said.

That being the case the government will amend the
Act to allocate some portions of the fund to the
implementation of the policy, he added.

A Deputy Education Minister in the erstwhile
Mahama administration said the policy is doable
after scathingly condemning its feasibility during
electioneering in 2012.

“It is doable if we can find the resource,” he
told Nii Arday Clegg, former host of Morning Starr
on Monday, adding: “And that is why I was
hazarding a guess that perhaps they want to make
substantial savings on the construction of these
new secondary schools and then channel those
savings into progressively free programme.”

Source - Starrfmonline.com.



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