Almost 500, 000 students will benefit from the progressively free Senior High School education, President John Mahama has announced.
President Mahama addressing Chiefs and people of Agona Abodom in the Central Region on Monday during the commissioning of a Community Day SHS said “120,000 boarding students have been earmarked for the programme,” which he said will increase “the total number of students in senior high schools enjoying progressively free senior high school education to almost half a million Ghanaian students.”
Mr. Mahama has also directed the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service to open admissions to the model schools being put up by the government across the country. 123 out of the 200 community day schools are at various stages of completion, according to President Mahama.
Speaking at the commissioning, President Mahama urged the Ghana Educational Service not to wait for official commissioning before putting the edifices to use. He also assured the central region of more educational facilities during his second term in office.
A school bus was also donated to the school as part of a programme initiated by government, which will see to it that all the Community Day SHSs receive a bus each.
The President also added that the Community Day SHS will benefit students who could have missed out on admission due to limited resources.
“Young boys and girls, who, but for the establishment of these schools would have missed out on receiving an affordable yet world-class education with these community day schools; that hard working girl who could not get a place in secondary school because of limited access, can now have a heart desire and hope to access secondary education again.
“It is humbling yet fulfilling that a brilliant young boy in a community like Agona Abodom who will ordinarily drop out of school after JHS because of limited access and financial difficulties can today pick up his books and contribute to class discussions and receive a round of applause from his peers for giving the right answers to a question posed by his teacher.”