Free SHS update address – with Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh

The Nana Akufo-Addo government believes that education is a fundamental game-changer as far as a nation’s development agenda is concerned.

Sadly, however, over the past four years, an average of about 100,000 children who pass the BECE every year and are placed in our senior high schools are unable to take up their places. The evidence suggests that overwhelmingly, they are held back by their families’ inability to finance their education further.

This is alarming, because it means that in a decade, this country will have about 1 million of its citizens whose highest point of education is the junior high school. This is unacceptable if we are serious about a confident, skilled workforce to power our economy.

We believe that no child should be denied the opportunity of senior high school education because of their family’s financial circumstances. This is the bedrock of this government’s Free Senior High School policy, which was formally launched in Accra on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at the start of the 2017/18 academic year.


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