Assessing the perceptions and satisfaction of students on the free senior high school education policy in Ghana
Daniel Ayine Nyaaba, William Aduah Yorose, Vincent Awuuh Adocta, Thomas Akurugu Nyaaba, Mahama Alhassan
Considering the importance of education to the development of a nation and its people, countries throughout the world continue to reform their educational sectors. Most of these reforms are mostly through policy formulation and implementation. In line with this, the government of Ghana introduced the Free Senior High School education policy in 2017. This study therefore sought to evaluate the perceptions and levels of satisfaction of student beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School education policy in Ghana. A sample of 1044 students in senior high schools across the nation, were purposively sampled for the study. The research revealed that, students generally perceived the policy as being a great financial relief, and that educational objectives were being achieved under the policy. However, the policy was perceived as being for political gain. Regarding satisfaction with the policy, students were satisfied with teaching and learning materials, quality of tuition, contact hours, textbooks and the decision of government to sponsor senior high education by paying all fees. However, they expressed dissatisfaction with the double track education system and dormitory accommodation infrastructure. The study recommends an increased engagement of student beneficiaries of the policy to enhance their knowledge on the policy. Government should also build more classroom infrastructure and dormitories and consider abolishing the double track educational system in the long term.