The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo -Addo has defined the scope of his free Senior High School (SHS) policy declaring that in addition to school fees (tuition) which is already free, boarding, admission, library, examination, computer lab, science centre, feeding, utilities, text books and meals for day students will all be free starting in the 2017/2018 academic year.
The President, disclosed this when he joined students, past students and leadership of the Okuapemman School in Akropong Akuapem as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary under the theme “One Vision, Many lives’.
The President was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Regional reorganization, Dan Botwe, Minister for Information, Mustapha Hamid and Member of Parliament (MP) for Akropong, Nana Ama Dokua Akua Asiamah.
This is the first Senior High School the President had visited ever since he assumed office.
The President also added that his government is convinced that like Singapore, the only viable way to develop Ghana is to educate every Ghanaian and to ensure that the county becomes a literate population.
EIB’s Wilberforce Asare reported that the President further stated that his administration apart from restoring teacher trainee allowances in its first budget scheduled for next month, will liaise with GNAT to develop relevant incentives for teachers in the country.
The President added that the Free SHS policy will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.
‘I announced that government will fund the cost of public Senior High Schools for all those who qualify for entry from September this year. By free SHS, we mean that, in addition to tuition which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees, no utility fees; there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free. Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level,’ he promised.
The President during the electioneering pledged to offer free education to students in SHSs.