President Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated that he had no remorse at all about the adoption of the Free Senior High School (SHS) system despite the enormous costs involved.
Speaking at the Mawuli School in Ho, area capital, the President noted that “no country without education had made a significant impact.”
Students and staff members of the Mawuli School, Ola Girls SHS, Mawuko Girls SHS, Tanyigbe SHS, Shia SHTS and Sokode SHTS are present.
According to him, investing the limited resources of the nation in generations to come is better than mismanaging resources for a few politicians.
He stated that about 1.2 million youthful Ghanaians had access to SHS in a year for the first time in the history of Ghana.
This means an increase of approximately 400,000 over the figure for 2018.
The cost of providing this is still enormous, but it is a selfless act that he and his administration are committed to delivering to make sure that subsequent generations are not left behind in a knowledge-driven and technological future.
To this end, although some may have reservations about the Free SHS policy, the truth stands that it is impacting lives, he said.
However, he also said the school, which has 3,859 students with 252 employees, including 147 teaching staff, is barraged with challenges.
He called for a flat to accommodate more educators on school premises to enforce discipline, as well as an upgrade to the School Dispensary, that he said should be absorbed into the National Health Insurance Scheme to serve the school and the community.
President Akufo-Addo told those who were trying to undermine the policy, particularly within schools, that they would not achieve success and advised the students to stand firm in the defense of the policy.