Baskin Africa welcomes government’s decision to review Free SHS, proposes the decentralization of procurement

Policy think-tank, Baskin Africa has welcomed the government’s decision to review its flagship programmes which include the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) education.



In a press statement released today, Tuesday March 22, 2022 and signed by its Executive Secretary, Issifu Seidu Kudus Gbeadese, Baskin Africa says it has taken notice of the government’s preliminary communique after the cabinet retreat in Peduase which among others, indicates the intention to review the Free SHS policy.

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“This is in line with the government cost-cutting agenda aimed at loosening the rigidities in the budget to create fiscal space for more targeted spending”, part of the statement from Baskin Africa reads.

It says, it “has always been the position of Baskin Africa for the review of not only the Free SHS policy, but the other flagship programs that do not necessarily contribute significantly to the growth of the economy.”

“So, this plan to review the free SHS policy is welcoming as it will afford the government and other key stakeholders in the education sub-sector an opportunity to relook at the policy holistically and proffer sustainable solutions going forward”, the statement indicated

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It is therefore calling on the “government to consider decentralizing procurement of food and other supplies to the senior high school managements”.



This, according to Baskin Africa, “will not only engineer local participation in the policy implementation process but will equally revamp the local economy in the long run”.

“The government can still allow for the buffer stock company to supply some of the food and other supplies especially the ones the local economies cannot produce to make up for any possible shortfalls, so that the school managements can also procure from the local suppliers those that the local economy can produce. In this way, the central government will have some level of control over the policy while allowing for local participation in the implementation process”, the statement added.



 

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