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Exclude Ministers, MPs from Free SHS – PIAC suggests

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A member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), Dr Steve Manteaw, has suggested that the Free SHS policy can be successfully targeted if the wards of MP, Ministers and Directors of Public Institutions are excluded from beneficiaries.
According to him, reducing the gap between the rich and the poor with regard to Senior High School education can only be achieved if the wards of persons who are well to do are excluded.

Dr Steve Manteaw

Speaking at a Dialogue on Education in Takoradi, Dr Manteaw said one way to address such inequalities is through targeting affirmative action policies which will focus on how much individuals earn and whether they pay taxes.
It will be recalled that the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta proffered a similar solution when he said that persons who can afford to pay the SHS fees under the policy be excluded.
Expanding the tax net, Dr Manteaw also suggested that only registered tax payers be allowed to benefit from the policy.
He said  data can be gathered  from the Ghana Revenue Authority, to ensure that  anybody earning over and above a certain threshold should not qualify.

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