He said, government provided scholarships to 2,000 SHS students in the 2014/15 academic year and plans to increase the scheme to cover 5,000 students this year.
This was contained in his speech at the Presidential Independence Day Awards ceremony in Accra on Saturday 5 March 2016, where he indicated that under the secondary education improvement project, scholarships are provided for the needy to enable them acquire learning materials and other essentials.
“Over 2,000 students benefited from scholarships in 2014 and 2015, and the number is expected to increase to over 5,000 in the current academic year.”
The Vice President also averred that government had rolled out several interventions to improve education, among which is the disbursement of GHS12.2 million to absorb the fees of over 320,000 students, emphasizing that science education remained a priority for government and 1,500 teachers had benefited from enhanced technology in teaching science and mathematics, aimed at improving teaching and learning of those subjects.
“Government is continually investing in the youth to provide opportunities for them to contribute to the growth of the country,” he said.