The government in fulfillment of its progressively free SHS programme for second-cycle students across the country and in a 1992 constitution of making secondary education progressively free, has released GH¢12.2 million to the Ministry of Education to pay fees for the first term of the 2015/2016 academic year.
President John Dramani Mahama again announced an initiative which will expand a free senior high school (SHS) policy which was meant for day students to cover boarding students in deprived communities from August this year.
He was speaking at the 70th anniversary Speech and Prize-giving Day of the Aburi Girls’ Senior High School in Aburi on Saturday on the theme, “Aburi Girls’ @70: Forging ahead for greater heights in educational excellence.’’
The all yellow and green affair drew personalities such as the former first lady Ernestina Naadu Mills, chiefs and the clergy to grace the colourful ceremony.
The president announced that the vigorous expansion of schools, was part of the government’s investment drive to make education more accessible.
He said: “Thanks to the expansion in school infrastructure, improvement in textbook availability per pupil, free distribution of textbooks and uniforms nationwide, school enrolment has increased and the number of children at the basic level has also gone up.
“Our nation cannot develop at the pace we all desire if its citizens are not well educated. Education and a skilled human resource are the best assets any nation can have. It is better than any gold and silver resources.’’
According to the Ghana Education Service, already 313,301 day students in SHS were expected to benefit from the free SHS policy in the 2015/2016 academic year.