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05-Dec-2017  
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Former Deputy Education Minister and Member of Parlaiment (MP) for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says he has it on authority that, some students in one of second cycle institutions in Cape Coast are pregnant as a result of the Free Senior High School policy.

Since the rolling out of the policy more than three months ago, the minority side in parliament, especially Mr. Ablakwa, has consistently raised doubts about the effectiveness of the policy, insisting, at different times, that the policy may collapse because of government’s inability to sustain it.

There have been widespread reports of challenges with students either studying under trees or eating in poorly ventilated dining rooms. Recently in an interview, he was emphatic the policy will collapse in five years because government does not have the capacity to see the program to a successful end.

Speaking on Asempa FM Monday, Mr. Ablakwa, who declined to name the specific school and the four girls, said the policy has rendered most students homeless and as a result resorted to renting apartments outside of the school.

He said the situation is what has resulted in the pregnancy of the four students, whose identity he will not disclose.

The free SHS policy which was major campaign tool of the current government in 2012 an 2016 respectively, was rolled out in September this year with over 400, 000 beneficiaries.

It has however been characterized by challenges ranging from the unavailability of accommodation, furniture, poor feeding to lack of basic amenities at the implementing institutions.

Some members of the current government including Dr Kwame Amoako Tuffuor, have called on government to take pragmatic steps in addressing challenges the programme is saddled with citing his experience during a visit to one of the schools.
 
 
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Name: Max
It is unwise for NDC to be criticizing the free SHS policy. IT IS POLITICAL SUICIDE. THEY WILL STAY IN OPPOSITION AS LONG AS THEY KEEP CRITICIZING THIS PRO-POOR INITIATIVE
 
Name: Hannah
Ablakwa, what happen at Wesley during your time. Schools under trees. Children sleeping on the floor to write. Master use your coconut head wisely. Pray to God to forgive you.
 
Name: Joe Crazy
ei ey3 asem O. Hmm now Ablakwa will even blame free shs when he has constipation.
 
Name: naa
campus connect minister
 
Name: Opack (UK)
Is This One Too An MP ??? Tweeaa-kai !!
 
Name: Abronye
Ffffooooooooool ..look at his palm oil face
 
Name: Leo
The most reckless statement of the year....fffooolish albino !!!
 
Name: Yao Adzi
4 students had become pregnant due to 'Free SHS' and so we should abolish it right? Small children are young. look at him.
 
Name: kobi
ediot i need not say anything to this sharp teeth pampers wearing boy
 
Name: Daniel
Please don't take this ***barred word*** serious. Ablakwa is an MP without sense. I wonder why he was voted to go to parliament in the first place.
 

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