A senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Finance at the School of Business, Economist Dr. John Gatsi of the University of Cape Coast told News Ghana via telephone in contributing to the maiden budget presented by the NPP government called for inclusive utilisation of the ABFA to finance the free SHS policy.
He explained that the intention of the government to introduce free SHS will help to enhance progressively free SHS for public schools. The use of the ABFA demands inclusive application.The source of funding is largely described as problematic because the question of sustainability has not been answered. However the use of the Annual budget funding amount(ABFA) brings more issues to the debate.
He further explained that according to the 1992 Constitution and the Petroleum Exploration and production Act of Ghana , petroleum resources belong to the people of Ghana and their use must benefit all. The implication is that all fresh SHS in the 2017/2018 academic year whether in private or public schools must benefit from the free SHS .
Petroleum revenue must be used in a responsible , accountable and non discriminatory manner. Parliamentarians and all stakeholders should ensure the ABFA is not applied in a discriminatory manner.
Free SHS should not disturb the choice of parents and students between private and public School. The responsibility of the government is to respect the choice of parents and extend the use of the ABFA in private and public schools.