A total of 6,497 students in the Tema Metropolis are enrolled on government’s free Senior High School (SHS) programme in all public schools.
The figure is made up of 3,517 first year students and 2,980 second-year students.
Mr Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, was delivering the sessional address of TMA’s First Ordinary General Assembly Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Seventh Assembly.
Mr Anang-La also said some educational policies put in place by the Assembly were also yielding impressive results as a success rate of 56.8 per cent and 68.1 per cent were achieved in the West Africa Senior Secondary Examination Certificate (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) respectively, in 2018.
“There was an improvement of 4.7 % for WASSCE and 8.1 % for BECE over the 2017 performances. This shows that if we invest properly in education, we will see much progress”.
He added that the Education Directorate was determined to improve performance to 75 per cent pass rate in WASSCE and 72 per cent in BECE, therefore appealed to corporate bodies in Tema to assist the Assembly to provide quality physical and non-physical services to the schools.
He said promoting accessible and quality education especially at the JHS and SHS level was very dear to the Assembly and therefore was vigorously pursuing to create the enabling environment for learning and teaching.
In line with this, he stated, TMA had awarded contracts for the construction of office complex for the Ghana Education Service adding that a total of 750 teachers from both public and private schools had received training on how to identify children with special needs at early stage, and refer such children for assessment for proper educational management.
The MCE further noted that 180 brilliant but needy students had been selected for sponsorship adding that 34 public schools who were on the School Feeding Programme(SFP) would have their kitchens rehabilitated.
He indicated that the 48 caterers and 96 cooks on the SFP would undergo capacity enhancement programmes.