Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed that the cocoa producing country will allocate GH1 billion to sustain the free Senior High School (SHS) programme in its 2018 budget.
Speaking at his hometown in Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana, Dr. Bawumia said the amount will ensure that more students get access to quality SHS education in order to reduce the burden of parents.
So far, the introduction and implementation of the free SHS, which begun at the beginning of this month has recorded an increase in student intake by 94 percent in 2017 as compared to 70 percent in the previous year.
More than 400,000 students have been placed so far and a further 20,000 students are expected to be enrolled under the free SHS programme.
The pro-poor policy which is one of the cardinal principles of the government is aimed at easing the burden on parents and to encourage more enrolment of students in secondary schools.
He reiterated government’s commitment to sustain the free SHS policy with funding to ensure all children across the country get better education to contribute towards economic growth.
“We believe the key to unlock our economic progress as a nation is education and that is why Nana Akufo-Addo has not reneged on his campaign promise.
We know that it is possible and we are not going to be limited in our thinking by impossibility thoughts, our thoughts are thoughts of possibility. We know that when you start a policy such as this you cannot stop but to sustain and by the grace of God it will be sustained,” he said.
He added: “We are not going to stop free Senior High School education in Ghana. It is going to be sustained because it is our priority and once it is our priority we will allocate the budgetary resources for it.”
According to him, it is the government’s priority to ensure that every child get access to quality education which is the key to unlocking the economic growth of the country.
“The key to economic growth is technical change and the key to technical change is human capital and the key to human capital accumulation is education,” he said.