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Four core textbooks for all 1st year SHS students

By
Benjamin Mensah, GNA
   

Accra, July 31, GNA –
The Government is to provide four core textbooks for all first year students
when the Free Senior High School (SHS) takes off next September, Mr Ken
Ofori-Atta, the Finance Minister, announced on Monday.

Additionally, there
will also be “one hot meal a day for day students.”

In a Mid-Year Review
of the 2017 Budget, presented to the House, Mr Ofori-Atta said in order that
quality was not compromised, there would be a rationalisation of teacher deployment
and training at the SHS level and instruction time would be optimised by
extending the school day as well as the number of instructional days.

School inspection and
accountability systems will also be very robust.

The Free SHS is one of
the flagship programmes of the Government, with another being the “One District
One Factory” programme, and the establishment of 55 factories by the end of
2017.

Mr Ofori-Atta said
following the commencement of the programme implementation framework of which
certain modalities have been prepared there would be over 50 factories which
would bring about 80,000 direct and indirect jobs.

He said to date, the
technical support group for the programme had already reviewed 234 businesses
for the initiative and work was on going to bring all of them to fruition.

The One District One
Factory programme of the Akufo-Addo led- Government is designed to establish at
least one viable factory in all 216 districts in Ghana, as part of an
industrialisation drive to provide jobs and transform Ghana’s economic
fortunes.

Mr Ofori-Atta said the
Government was also on course to completing the National Digital Property
Addressing System, for which issuance of National Identity Cards would commence
next October.

Other programmes
expected to commence before the end of year are the “One Village One Dam, Small
Businesses Development, Agricultural Infrastructure, Water for All and
Sanitation projects.

GNA

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