Free SHS: Lack of toilets? Students can use rubber bags – Education Minister

Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh
Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh
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Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has asked senior high schools students to use polythene bag if they lack toilet facility in their schools.

At a news conference in Accra Thursday, November 30, 2017, Dr Prempeh answering a question on lack of toilet facility in some schools under the Free SHS educational policy said;

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“There are few schools still in Ghana here that are secondary schools who had no toilets. That is not the result of Free SHS so when you see students portraying that I do it rubber bag and I walk 45 minutes, at least you have the rubber bag.”

Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh also challenged political critics to name secondary schools that are congested because of the Free senior high school (SHS) education policy.

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He said there is “no school” that the Free SHS Secretariat placed more students than the heads “admitted they can contain.”

The outspoken minister said there is a record at the Secretariat detailing the number of first-year students sent to the various schools.

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“If a head tells Free SHS Secretariat that ‘we can only admit 533’ and it places 520 students, [but only] 517 enrolled, how then do we say that Free SHS has caused congestion in the school?” he asked.