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Diversify funding sources for Free SHS - Manteaw

14 Septembre 2017

Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Cambodia, the Northern Regional Director of Education, has advised students to take advantage of the free Senior High School (SHS) opportunity to improve on their academic work.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, yesterday, launched the free Senior High School policy with a call on Ghanaians to fully support it.

This was a key campaign promise of President Nana Akufo-Addo who was elected previous year.

"We may falter but we shall not fail", he roared at the official launch ceremony at the West African Secondary School (WASS) at Adenta in Accra.

However, speaking at the launch of the free SHS policy in Accra Tuesday, the President said,"we have made a decision to use proceeds from our natural resources to help educate our economic transformation".

To ensure that the policy was fully funded, he said, the Government had already paid 20 per cent of the fees of the beneficiaries to their selected SHSs.

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Mr. Iddrisu who warned at a press conference Monday September 11, 2017 that the "piecemeal approach" to the execution of the ruling government's flagship policy will compromise on quality education said in a media interview Tuesday that the government needs to find a sustainable funding for the policy.

He indicated that the government was committed to ensuring that quality education is not compromised in the programme.

It also stated that by 2030, all girls and boys will have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education, so that they are ready for primary education.

With technical and vocational skills crucial to the NPP's industrialization agenda, and the commitment to making it attractive to the youth, the President said the policy would also cover pupils who gain admission to technical, vocational and agricultural institutions. "That is why the government has chose to absorb all SHS fees that have been agreed between the Ghana Education Service (GES) Council and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS)", President Akufo-Addo said.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa expressed gratitude to the Free SHS Implementation Committee, the GES Council, teacher unions and all stakeholders for their tireless efforts to make it possible. "That is unconscionable, and potentially risky for social cohesion", he mentioned.

Diversify funding sources for Free SHS - Manteaw