President Mahama has stated that government’s progressively free Senior High School policy is set to begin in September this year.
Delivering the State of the Nation Address in Parliament Thursday February 26, 2015, the president said about 375,000 “day” students will benefit from the policy, which was the main campaign message of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) during 2012 general election.
The governing NDC vehemently opposed the message, insisting that, quality was more important as against free education. The government however made a “U- turn” after retaining power and promised to implement the policy in 2015/2016 academic year.
The president further said the construction of 200 community day senior high schools has already begun and that, some of the structures are almost complete and will soon accomodate students.
President John Dramani Mahama also stated that his administration was planning to provide about 30,000 computers to basic schools in order to improve ICT education in the country and that about 15 million exercise books will also be provided to basic schools aside free school uniforms.
The president revealed that, he had directed the Education Ministry to award contracts on the printing of the exercise books to local printing firms so as to boost employment in the country.
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