Founder and General Overseer of Makers House Chapel, Dr. Michael Boadi Nyamekye has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for implementing the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, saying it has lifted a huge financial burden off churches and organizations which give education scholarships.
The preacher explained that Free SHS has helped churches to focus their scholarship schemes on the education of needy but brilliant children mainly at the tertiary level, since the state is paying for SHS education now.
The free SHS policy, introduced in 2017 by the Akufo-Addo government aims at making secondary education free for all Ghanaian kids who attain the pass mark from junior high school (JHS).
Prior to the introduction of the policy, some Ghanaian children from needy backgrounds ended their educational ladder at the JHS level.
Speaking on Accra-based Oman FM, Dr Boadi Nyamekye, who operates a scholarship scheme for needy students in and outside of his congregation, said Free SHS shows the visionary leadership of President Akufo-Addo because it has helped many churches like his, which give scholarships.
“If you are a church leader, poor people come to you for help all the time, and so this intervention has really lifted a heavy burden off our shoulders so I think the Government through the visionary leadership of his Excellency the President…has done very well and as church leaders,” he stressed.
He said the policy has also lifted the burden off poor homes because their brilliant wards get to go to SHS for free and once they qualify, they get scholarship for the church to continue to the tertiary level.
The popular preacher further noted that any President who focuses on education gives the citizenry the opportunity to be creative and entrepreneurial and that is commendable.
“Education is a leveler, if someone is poor but gets educated he is able to stand at the same place a rich educated person stands and I think if someone is a President and he decides to focus on education, the citizenry is not only liberated from the shackles of poverty but it frees them to be creative, entrepreneurial and lead the cause of the nation,” he said.