Promise fulfilled? Free SHS education to begin next academic year

The free senior high education promised by government will begin next academic year.

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President John Mahama with Education Minister Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang (File photo) play

President John Mahama with Education Minister Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang (File photo)

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The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang says the programme to make second cycle education more accessible, especially in underserved areas, is on course.

To give greater meaning to the programme, the government initiated a project to build 200 community day secondary schools in selected communities.

The President cut the sod for the commencement of the first phase of the project with the construction of 50 schools on March 3, 2014 at Kwaobaah-Nyanoa, near Adeiso in the Upper West Akyem District of the Eastern Region.

When the education ministry took its turn at the meet the press series in Accra Tuesday, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the 50 schools in selected communities were at various stages of completion.

She said the government’s policy of the progressive free SHS education would begin as announced in the 2015/2016 academic year for more than 367,565 second cycle students.

Additionally, she said, with support from the World Bank under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), the construction of 23 new schools, with bungalows for staff and heads, facilities improvement for 50 existing schools, quality improvement for 125 existing schools and the provision of scholarships for 10,400 students were all progressing.

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