Progress Mahama slams criticism against free SHS policy

The community day SHS is the flagship educational project of the Mahama administration.

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President John Mahama has described as baseless criticisms of his government’s free Senior High School policy.

According to him, no amount of misinformation will change the reality of the work he and his government are doing to improve the lives of Ghanaians.

The President in the Central region to commission the second in series of his promised 200 community- based senior high schools said his government will not be distracted from the focus of providing the quality educational infrastructure for Ghanaians.

“You can misinform people, you can miscommunicate but the reality of their lives is there for them to see. So if we say are building community day schools and you think you can use misinformation to shoot it down, the schools are there in the communities.

“We said we will build 200, so far 123 are ongoing and are at different stages of completion. I commissioned the first one at Otuam and already they have over 1,500 applications from students who would have otherwise not be in school,” he added.

Meanwhile, the president has inaugurated the Gwiraman Community Senior High School at Bamianko in the Nzema East District in the Western Region.

The school is the second community SHS to be inaugurated by the President in less than two months.

The first was the one named after the late President Mills which was inaugurated at Ekumfi Otuam in the Central Region last September.

The community day SHS is the flagship educational project of the Mahama administration.

Read more: Mahama commissions 'Atta Mills School'

According to Mahama, the government’s quest to improve access to education was on course.

President Mahama had promised that the government would construct 200 of the schools in selected under-served communities by the end of his first term.

The E-shaped four-storey edifice has facilities including 24 classrooms, eight staff offices, four science laboratories, a library, an ICT laboratory and an assembly hall.

Inaugurating the project, President Mahama said five more of the community SHSs were ready for inauguration.

The community day SHS, he said, represented the single most comprehensive educational policy ever undertaken in the country.

Read more: Mahama scraps examination fee, SRC dues for Day Students

He stated that the schools were job creation avenues, saying, for instance, that the Gwiraman project alone created 165 jobs during is construction.

He added that 40 teaching and non-teaching staff would be posted to the school.

The Omanhene of Gwira, Awulae Angama Tu-agnan II, described the President as a leader who kept his promises.

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