Gov’t introduces a free SHS bill to make policy mandatory for future governments

A law to commit future governments to the free SHS Policy is anticipated to be presented to parliament by Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education.

A number of laws, including the Free SHS bill, are anticipated to be discussed by parliament during its third meeting, which starts today.

Speaking to the media during a leadership engagement, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, the majority leader, stated that the policy’s legal support will guarantee that it becomes a right for all eligible Ghanaians.

The Affirmative Action Bill and the EOCO bill, which seeks to reform the current EOCO Act, are among the other proposals on the agenda.

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“You cannot claim the right to those provisions. The fact that they are there does not mean that you can apply to the court to enforce those rights. They are aspirational. Now when it gets to a point that a government lifts it up to give life to it, there’s a need to enact a law to regulate it.

“And in doing so, it would have been given life. Then the lawyers will say ‘Now it has become justiciable’ in the sense that a court of law can rely on it to make certain orders, enforce certain rights, give rights, and take certain actions,” Mr. Afenyo-Markin stated.

He continued: “So I think that this free SHS Bill if we consider it as a House, what, that means is that it becomes mandatory for the government to implement this until it is repealed. No government will have the right to say ‘I’m not going to enforce Free SHS’ because now there is a law.”

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