The Free Senior High School policy introduced by government has led to the enrollment of over 90,000 students who risked dropping out of school due to financial difficulties, president Akufo-Addo has said.
According to him, the policy is in line with the United Nation's (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at promoting learning activities for all irrespective of geographical area or class.
The Free SHS policy - the flagship programme of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) - was successfully rolled out last week, with secondary school students now set to be exempted from school fees, feeding fees, library fees, boarding fees, among others.
Addressing the UN, President Akufo-Addo said the Free SHS programme "will ensure that all our children will be educated to at least secondary level and money or the lack of it will no longer mean a denial of education".
In his view, the policy "aims to guarantee secondary education to all of Ghana’s children" and has already led to "an increase of over 90,000 children who have entered secondary school this academic year who otherwise would have dropped out at this stage".
He said Ghana, and Africa as a whole, is moving away from the days when people from the continent thought they can only thrive when they move to Europe.
According to him, "no longer should Ghanaians feel they have to subject themselves to the intolerable and inhumane conditions of crossing the Sahara and drowning in the Mediterranean in the hope of making a living in Europe".
He noted that it is high time African countries took a huge step towards providing their own needs, saying the continent must work hard "to grow our economy and open up opportunities for all our citizens".