WAITING ANXIOUSLY FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FREE EDUCATION PACKAGE

Section 30 of the Constitution provides for the right to free education. Constitutional provisions are directives but it takes economic and human resources to implement such directives. As the government promises to provide free education it is necessary to note the constitutional benchmark for measuring its success.

Section 30 reads:

All persons shall have the right to equal educational opportunities and facilities and with a view to achieving the full realisation of that right –

(a)    basic education shall be free, compulsory and available to all;

(b)    secondary education, including technical and vocational education, shall be made generally available and accessible to all by every appropriate means, and in particular, by the progressive introduction of free education;

(c)    higher education shall be made equally accessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular, by progressive introduction of free education;

(d)    functional literacy shall be encouraged or intensified as far as possible;

(e)    the development of a system of schools with adequate facilities at all levels shall be actively pursued.

Foroyaa will proceed to monitor the implementation process and give updates on the implementation process.