- The Free SHS policy is scheduled to begin in September 2017
- President Akufo-Addo has assured the policy is not just a political campaign tool
- He promised JHS leavers will begin their next academic chapter with no cost
President Nana Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to the Free Senior High School program that is scheduled to take off later this year.
According to the President, countries that have seen major developments over the years are those that invested resources into their educational sector and skills training.
For this reason, the president said, his government has allocated funds to kick-start the Free SHS policy in September, this year.
He noted that his administration believes that empowering Ghana's human capital through accessible education is a challenged that must be tackled head-on.
According to a report by Starr FM, President Akufo-Addo further noted that providing accessible education to the country's younger generation will help pull Ghana out of its economic instability.
The president was addressing the Ghanaian community in Belgium, when he added, "the commitment for Free SHS was not a political gimmick. I kept saying it in my campaign, but my opponents will not agree with me. It was not a political gimmick. It is a development tool for our country, so that we put the country onto the path of progress and prosperity."
The president further addressed the issue of the current war against the illegal mining activity, known as galamsey, stating the government's goal is not to ban mining completely.
He said that the galamsey fight is to ensure that the destruction of the environment, which would in turn 'compromise the future' of the country's next generations, is prevented.
Meanwhile, the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) began on Monday, June 5 with about 468,053 registered candidates across the country.
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