1.2 million children to benefit Free SHS - President Akufo-Addo

1.2 million children to benefit Free SHS - President Akufo-Addo

- President Akufo-Addo has said from September, all students from SHS 1 to SHS 3 would be beneficiaries of free SHS

- This according to him, would amount to 1.2 million children

- He said government is doing all it can to improve infrastructure in the tertiary institutions to accommodate the number

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has revealed that the Free Senior High School policy, introduced and implemented in 2017, will, from next month in September, have all students from SHS 1 to SHS 3 being its beneficiaries.

According to President Akufo-Addo, a total of 1.2 million children would be enrolled in the Senior High Schools

The president made this known while delivering his keynote address at the 4th graduation ceremony of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, in the Bono Region.

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“In all, 1.2 million children will be enrolled in our High Schools across the country under the policy, making it the largest number of students so enrolled in our history,” he revealed.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that it was inevitable that from 2020, when the first batch of free SHS students graduate, and the tertiary institutions would be faced with the number of students who would be seeking admission

Akufo-Addo said as a result of the possibly higher numbers, government is undertaking a comprehensive programme of expanding infrastructure at the various tertiary institutions to accommodate the expected higher numbers.

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This intervention, the President explained, would provide increased opportunities for young people to further their education, pursue their dreams, and, ultimately, contribute their quota to the development of the country.

In other news, Ghana and Angola have put aside entry visa requirements for their nationals who are holders of valid diplomatic and service passports.

Holders of these passports may transit through and stay in the territory of either Ghana and Angola for not more than 90 days from the date of first entry, without having to obtain a visa.

This agreement was signed by Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Manuel Domingos Augusto, Minister of External Relations, during the 2-day official visit to Angola by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

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