- Dr. Bawumia has rebuked and questioned why anyone will oppose the NPP's flagship free SHS programme and the Double Track system
- According to the Veep, the Akufo-Addo-led administration will continue with the Double Track system, while they provide infrastructure to support the free SHS policy
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Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has stated that government is providing over 1000 infrastructure projects across the country to make senior high school education more accessible to the children of Ghana.
This major investment in education is anchored on the firm conviction of the Akufo-Addo administration that the key to economic transformation is human capital, not natural resources, hence the need to equip Ghana’s next generation with the requisite skills and knowledge to move the nation’s development agenda.
The Vice President shed more light on the Akufo-Addo administration’s philosophy on education when he addressed participants at the two-day Government Townhall meeting and Results Fair in Kumasi, on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
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“The empirical evidence is very persuasive that the key to economic transformation is human capital, not natural resources. This is why President Akufo-Addo has placed an emphasis of making sure that every Ghanaian child, regardless of the financial circumstances of their parent will have access to free senior high school education.
“This was a promise we made prior to the election in 2016 and one that we have fulfilled. It is the most significant social intervention introduced in Ghana since independence. We are investing and building capacity for the future of this country.
We had a big challenge however. We did not have sufficient infrastructure in most schools to accommodate the increased numbers (The free SHS has resulted in a 69% increase in enrollment). Today, 1.2 million children are benefiting from free SHS. The question we faced was “Whose Child Should be left at home?
“In response to this challenge we introduced the ‘double track’ system as a temporary solution to the problem while we construct new school infrastructure. The thinking here is akin to how churches have first, second and even third services to deal with large numbers.
“There are people who say that we should have finished building the schools before introducing free SHS but I would say that it is better to educate a child even under a tree than to have them sitting at home. With that same logic we would have had to finish building all the hospitals we need before introducing the NHIS!”
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Vice President Bawumia defended the introduction of the double track system, insisting that without it, hundreds of thousands of students would not be able to access free SHS.
He opined that those who are criticizing the double track system have not been able to offer an alternative.
"Abolishing the double track system means abolishing free SHS as we know it. Whose child should stay at home?," he quizzed.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Dr. Bawumia, has announced that Ghana is moving to cashless society from March 2020.
He explained that a universal QR code will be launched by the Bank of Ghana to facilitate the new process.
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