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25.11.2019 Headlines

Kate Gyamfua Commends Akufo-Addo For FREE SHS

By News Desk
Kate Gyamfua Commends Akufo-Addo For FREE SHS
NOV 25, 2019 HEADLINES

The National Women’s Organizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Madam Kate Abena Gyamfua has lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) education policy to enhance the country’s manpower resources.

According to the controversial Women’s Organizer, the effort of Nana Akufo-Addo had made a way for especially Junior High School graduates who because of financially-poor parental backgrounds could not have had the opportunity to attend SHS.

“There were comments from the NDC, the free SHS programme cannot work especially at this time, but President Akufo-Addo did not give up but rather stood his ground and now the free SHS programme is here with us which is helping everybody in the country.” Kate Gyamfua told Lawyer Ohene Gyan on ‘Pae Mu Ka’ on Accra-based Kingdom FM 107.7.

Kate Gyamfua said the popular social intervention programme was fiercely opposed by some people who said a country like Ghana can never implement it.

She pointed out that the country needs to move forward, therefore, we cannot say we must get everything perfect as a nation before starting the Free SHS, like how members of the largest opposition party are saying.

Background
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo launched Government’s Free Senior High School Policy, making good his resolve to ensure accessible, equitable, quality and life-changing education for every Ghanaian child.

The Free Senior High School program is a flagship intervention by the Government to widen the gates of opportunities to every child, especially those whose talents are arrested because of poverty.

Under the Policy, all cost barriers to education have been absorbed by the Government. It would improve the quality of education, address equity issues associated with education in the country and, importantly, ensure that every child acquires employable skills by the time they leave school.

President Akufo-Addo disclosed that as an important step towards quality Free SHS program, the government would upgrade 42 existing senior high schools to model schools.

The Free SHS Policy will also cover pupils who gain admission to technical, vocational and agricultural institutions.

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