The Central body of the Catholic Church in Ghana, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has applauded the introduction and successful implementation of the Free Senior High School policy and the Double Track system into the country’s educational structure.
They describe the policies as “creative solutions to serious problems of exclusion and inequality in access to education.”
The Catholic Bishop’s also commended the massive improvement in reimbursement of claims for health services under the NHIS scheme and urged the government to work harder towards clearing the remaining deficit.
These were contained in a communique issued at the end of its yearly plenary sitting this month.
The communique also touched on other key areas such as the recent turbulence in the banking sector and blamed the fallout on greed, cronyism, conflict of interest, unchecked corruption and impunity.
“We commend the initiatives so far undertaken by the government to strengthen regulations with the view to sanitizing the sector and safeguarding the interest of clients.” The communique said.
They urged the regulators to consider all the safety-valves that will insulate persons and allied institutions that may be unnecessarily affected by this general policy direction.
Government’s introduction of Free Senior High School has given access to over 180,000 more students across the country access to second cycle education in Ghana.
The policy has now come to be seen to be a permanent feature of the educational architecture of Ghana and has courted interest in it from some African countries like Sierra Leone, who have expressed the desire to replicate the Ghanaian example in their respective countries.