According to Vice-President Dr Bawumia, the Akufo-Addo led government implementation of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) has significantly increased female enrolment at secondary education level in the country.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia speaking to journalists on October 12 said had it not been the Free SHS policy many females from the poor families would have ended up as house girls, a situation he said the policy had prevented.
“Prior to the introduction of Free SHS, there was this situation of families who couldn’t afford to pay fees of all their children and normally sacrificing the females in order to mobilise money and concentrate on the male child”.
“But amid the introduction of the Free Senior High School in the country, the enrollment of females at the secondary school level has increased as compared to previous years”, he added.
The President’s right-hand man further said His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo as a compassionate leader introduces the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) programme to lessen the burden of parents in the country.
“President Akufo-Addo is a compassionate leader and the Free SHS policy was meant to build an educated population by giving all children from every part of the country, regardless of the social and economic status of their parents, free access to secondary education,” Bawumia noted.
According to the Vice-President of the Republic, people looking for house help’s now find it difficult to get young girls of school-going age to do that work.