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11 February 2017

Free SHS to begin from next academic year – Akufo Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says government would fund the cost of public senior high schools (SHS) for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.

He explained that by free SHS there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees and no utility fees.

Spelling out the details of the policy “so that no one in Ghana is left in any doubts”, President Akufo-Addo added that in addition to tuition which is already free, there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free.”

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“Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.  I also want to state clearly again that we have a well-thought-out plan that involves the building of new public Senior High Schools and cluster public Senior High Schools,” he added.

The President disclosed this in a speech he delivered on Saturday at the 60th Anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School where he was the Special Guest of Honour.

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Speaking on the theme of the celebration, “One Vision, Many Lives”, he noted that a society that aims to transform itself into a modern, productive player in the global market needs an educated workforce; and that means it must get its educational policies right.

“We have been unable to give all our citizens the education which has enabled the countries of the West and of Asia to thrive is the missing link in our economic development,” he stated.

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According to him, he is committed, “without any equivocation, without any reservation, without any doubt”, to take Ghana to the stage where public Senior High School education will be free for every Ghanaian child.

 

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