There is an overwhelming support from Ghanaians for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government’s flagship free Senior High School (SHS) policy, a research has revealed.
According to the report of the poll titled ‘Eyes On The Big Issues,’ about 72.59 percent of Ghanaians were in full support of the Free SHS as against 27.41 percent who opposed the policy.
“We found support for it (free SHS) to be strongest among the most educated. Men were more likely to be in favour than women,” according to the report.
The poll was reportedly conducted to gauge the views of Ghanaians on a number of issues that have dominated public discourse in recent times.
The aim was to get a broad picture of the national mood by assessing the views of the public on the free SHS, the proposed construction of the National Cathedral, Ghana’s $2 billion barter deal with China, among others.
Views of 1,072 respondents, who reportedly came from various parts of the country, were taken between September 29 and October 7 2018.
About 44.07 percent of men were in support of the free SHS policy, 14.72 percent male said no to the policy while 28.52 percent women were in support of it and 12.70 percent said no to it.
However, the majority of respondents were reportedly against the government’s double track system as far as implementation of the policy is concerned.
About 40.20 percent of Ghanaians were in favour of the double track system while 59.80 percent reportedly said no to it.
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