Ghana's free Senior High School (SHS) policy has received endorsement from the African Union Commission, with the body lauding government for taking such a step.
According to the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey, the policy will help make sure children are well equipped to go to school without having to worry too much about money.
This, he said, was a step in the right direction, as it would ultimately ensure growth in Ghana and Africa at large.
Speaking at a UNCTAD-organised High Level Panel Discussion in Geneva, Switzerland, Ambassador Quartey said the AU has been championing the course to have many African children go through education and it was high time such a policy was initiated.
He therefore lauded the Ghana government for implementing the SHS policy, saying "the SHS programme, the free compulsory secondary school programme that they have introduced, is really an idea whose time has come, and Ghana is to be commended for it".
He added that "Africa has the largest number of young people" and the AU is working to make sure every child on the continent attends school by the end of 2020.
He said the AU wants a continent where the application of science and technology is imbibed in all to in order to be able to find solutions to problems.
According to him, the Free SHS policy is line with the AU's ambition to have "a literate and a numerate Africa. We want an Africa where illiteracy is a thing of the past. With a literate and numerate Africa, the continent would be ready now to imbibe technology, apply science and technology, and find solutions.”
Ghana's Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was present at the panel discussion, as well as a host of renowned world leaders, including Dr. Celestin Monga, Vice-President and Chief Economist, African Development Bank, Abidjan; Mr. Hiroshi Kuniyoshi, Deputy Director-General, UNIDO; Dr. Robert Wade, Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, among others.
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The programme was themed 'Accelerating Progress in Building Productive Capacities in Least Developing Countries and Other Vulnerable Developing Economies'.