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Free SHS Policy Has Not Increased Enrollment In Schools- Cle …

A Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament Dr. Clement Apaak has chided the Akufo-Addo led government for saying  the free Senior High Schools policy has increased enrollment in various schools nationwide.


“The total number of candidates increased by 42, 364 from 2016 to 2017. Then from 2017 to 2018, there was an increase of 27, 789. The trend continues from 2018 to 2019 with an increase of 29,095 candidates. However, between 2019 and 2020 there is a drop in the number of candidates by -32,257.”

He said: “This suggests that contrary to the narrative, the FSHS has not resulted in an increased enrollment. In fact, the figures suggest a decline if we go by the number of WASSCE candidates. Year in year out, the number of candidates for WASSCE go up, but figures for 2019 are higher than 2020 by 32, 257.”

Read the full statement below

Drop In Number Candidates For WASSCE 2020 – There has been a decline in the total number of candidates expected to write WASSCE 2020 compared to the year before, 2019.

This suggests that contrary to the narrative, the FSHS has not resulted in an increased enrollment. In fact, the figures suggest a decline if we go by the number of WASSCE candidates. Year in year out, the number of candidates for WASSCE go up, but figures for 2019 are higher than 2020 by 32, 257. See below:

2016: 247, 262 candidates 2017: 289, 210 candidates 2018: 316, 999 candidates 2019: 346, 094 candidates 2020: 313, 837 candidates

The total number of candidates increased by 42, 364 from 2016 to 2017. Then from 2017 to 2018, there was an increase of 27, 789. The trend continues from 2018 to 2019 with an increase of 29,095 candidates. However, between 2019 and 2020 there is a drop in the number of candidates by -32,257

From the trend, its only 2020 that has seen lesser students/candidates (-32, 257) compared to the previous year. This is against the trend, the numbers are usually increasing as is obvious from 2016 to 2019. FSHS should have seen a bigger increase, than the usual trend, not a drop.

What has accounted for this anomaly or deviance in the pattern of increasing numbers is yet to be uncovered. But, in the immediate, it doesn’t support the claim that FSHS has resulted in increased enrollments.

What other factors can explain the drop in the number of candidates if SHS education has been free for the current crop of candidates from year one?

Dr. Clement Apaak M.P. Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member on the Education

By: Richard Obeng Bediako / Kingdom 107.7 FM / Kingdom TV/ Kingdomfmonline.com / Richardobengbediako@gmail.com / Ghana / 2020

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