Senior High School (SHS) enrolment has been increased by 50% after the Akufo-Addo led government introduced the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) in 2017, Vice-President of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed.
Dr Mahamudu in his address at a ceremony to hand over more than 75 buses and five pickup trucks to some selected public second cycle schools said the central government is committed to increasing access to quality education.
“In the last 5 years, our government has committed to increasing access to quality education and providing vehicles to Secondary Schools to support the transportation of our growing population in these schools,” the President stated.
He added “this government, since 2017, resulting from the President’s Free SHS policy, has increased secondary school enrolment to an excess of 1.2 million students. Indeed, Senior High enrolment in Ghana by 50% and this is massive.”
The handing over of the buses and trucks, the Vice-President was in further fulfilment of the Akufo-Addo government’s pledge to address the logistical and other needs of the education sector and expand access to education.
The beneficiary Senior High Schools (SHSs) include Lambussie Community Day SHS, St James Seminary, Begoro Presby SHS, Techimantia SHS, Odupong SHS, Asankragua SHS, Wa SHS, and Koforidua Senior High Technical School.
Others are STEM SHS Kpasenkpe, Accra Academy SHS, Anum Boso SHS, Tepa SHS, Northern School of Business, Osino Presby SHS, Oti Boateng SHS, Tarkwa SHS, Asare Bediako SHS, Assin North SHTS and Bosomtwe Girls STEM SHS.
This is the second time in the 2022 academic year that the Vice-President on behalf of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government has donated buses and pickup trucks to some selected Senior High Schools in the country.
Mr Bawumia at a vehicle handing over ceremony in February said the automobiles form part of an ongoing effort by the government, through the Ghana Education Trust Fund to increase access to education for every Ghanaian child.
Dr Mahamudu also noted the vehicles among other things to be given to schools are to provide the necessary infrastructure and logistics to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning in various secondary schools.