- Akufo-Addo launched the Free SHS policy in 2017 which is also in line with SDG four, target one
- A little over 400,000 students benefited from the policy in its first year of implementation
- Interim WASSCE results show massive improvements in the 2020 performance of candidates as compared to 2019
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The critics of the free Senior High School, SHS, have been put to shame by the impressive performance of the first beneficiaries of the policy, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Friday, November 13, 2020, released interim results of candidates who sat for the WASSCE in 2020.
Analysis of the results had shown massive improvements in the performance of candidates as compared to the 2019 batch.
A breakdown showed that the pass rate in the English Language for 2020 is 57 percent as against 48.96 percent in 2019. Also, the core Mathematics pass rate is 65.71% in 2020 as against 65.31% in 2019, making the result the highest in Ghana since 2015.
Addressing a rally at the Aburi Girls Senior High School during a two-day tour of the Eastern Region, President Akufo-Addo slammed opponents of the pro-poor education policy.
“Those who claimed that the policy was not achievable must be very ashamed now.
I will shelve that conversation for now so we deal with it another day. However, I wish to congratulate all the students for their brilliant performance in WASSCE examinations,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo launched the free SHS policy in 2017, a major campaign promise by the then opposition leader in both the 2012 and 2016 general elections.
A little over 400,000 students benefited from the policy in its first year of implementation which cost the country GHS3.6billion each year.
The policy is also in line with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Four, Target One, which states: “By 2030, all boys and girls complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia called on Ghanaians to retain president Akufo-Addo to continue the good works he has been doing since becoming the head of state.
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