Ghana’s free high school policy is getting more girls to complete secondary education: Study


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Education drives economic growth and individual well-being. Secondary education, in particular, plays a crucial role. In recent decades, this recognition has encouraged several African countries to make secondary education free. One example is Ghana’s Free Public Senior High School (FreeSHS) policy, initiated in 2017.

The policy aims to remove cost barriers to secondary education, including fees, textbooks, boarding and meals.

As scholars of public policy, we conducted research into the impact of the policy, particularly its effect on the number of girls completing secondary school. We emphasize the educational outcomes of girls because they are at a disadvantage when accessing higher education in Ghana. The educational enrollment and retention of girls in school decreases with each level.

Socio-culturally, if a family has limited resources, they tend to spend more on boys’ education than on girls’ education and this is reinforced by the belief that girls’ labor around the house is more valuable.

The results highlighted that the state’s absorption of education costs had served as a critical incentive for students to complete secondary education—and more so for girls.

Our paper is the first to quantitatively evaluate the policy’s impact on education outcomes. Also, by focusing on

Education board raises concerns about 2 ‘overspent’ federal grants | News

The Guam Education Board flagged concerns about financial discrepancies in two federal grants allocated in 2021, indicating that the Guam Department of Education may have overspent $400,000 worth of federal funds.

Education Board Chair Mary Okada said funds from the Fiscal Year 2021 American Rescue Plan are appropriate for individuals with disabilities have been exhausted, with an overspend of $100,000.

“There are several, and this report is as of March 14, 2024, and this clearly indicates the FY21 ARP individuals with disabilities, this shows a negative available balance of $100,000,” said Okada. “That means it’s overspent.”

She said the report also shows overspending worth $274,627 in the FY 2021 Rural and Low-Income School program.

“Then we also have consolidated grant, FY21 RLIS of $274,627 as a negative balance. This is an over expenditure,” he added.

GDOE Deputy Superintendent of Finance and Administrative Services Joann Camacho said adjustments are still to be made.

Camacho’s report also indicated expired funds, Okada said, including $213,032 for special education Part C and $2.7 million for state grant Part B.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C authorizes state grants for programs serving infants and toddlers with disabilities while Part B entails education of