“Free SHS to commence from September this year” – President Akufo-Addo
| Updated Apr 01, 2017 at 2:00am
President Akufo-Addo @ 60th Anniversary celebration of Okuapeman
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured that, his government “will fund the cost of public Senior High Schools for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.”
Spelling out the details of policy, the president said: "so that no one in Ghana is left in any doubts”.
President Akufo-Addo explained that: “by free SHS, we mean that, in addition to tuition which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science center fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees, no utility fees; there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free.”
Adding that,: “Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level. I also want to state clearly again that we have a well-thought out plan that involves the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster public Senior High Schools”.
President Akufo-Addo made this known when, he delivered a speech at the 60th Anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
Speaking on the theme of the celebration, “One Vision, Many Lives”, the President noted that a society that aims to transform itself into a modern, productive player in the global market needs an educated workforce; and that means it must get its educational policies right.
President Akufo-Addo who was the Special Guest of Honour, said, the fact that,: “we have been unable to give all our citizens the education which has enabled the countries of the West and of Asia to thrive is the missing link in our economic development.”
For this reason, according to the the President said, "he is committed, “without any equivocation, without any reservation, without any doubt”, to take Ghana to the stage where public Senior High School education will be free for every Ghanaian child.
On teacher motivation, President Akufo-Addo said, a well-trained, confident and contented teacher is at the heart of his government’s delivery of quality education.
He assured that “the views of teachers will be sought on education policy, innovation and implementation.
Their professional development and needs will be treated with respect and we shall ensure that teachers’ salaries and allowances are paid regularly and on time.”
President Akufo-Addo also said teacher trainee allowances, as already announced by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, will be restored in the first budget of his presidency, which is scheduled for next month.
“My administration will also focus on the provision of incentives that will motivate teachers, and reward their hard work in the classroom. Government will collaborate with GNAT, NAGRAT, and other teaching associations to facilitate an affordable housing scheme for teachers. Teachers will be afforded the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications and we aim to make the teaching profession, once again, a proud choice,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo pledged his commitment to the renovation and the full equipping of the Science Resource Center of Okuapeman School as a commemorative event of its 60th birthday.