#SOTNGhana: 54,800 children now in school – Mahama

President Mahama has revealed that a total of 54,800 children have been enrolled in various schools in Ghana under his adminstration.

He made this revelation while delivering his 4th State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday.

“In the last year a total of 54,800 of them have been enrolled into schools. These are 54,800 children who would not have otherwise received education. These are 54,800 children whose lives will now have much different outcomes as a result of this programme,” said the President.

He also indicated that his administration had “consciously developed strategies and made interventions to raise the quality of education by emphasizing its relevance, improving access and working to eliminate gender discrimination and inequalities.”

“We have also worked to better train and equip our teachers. Ghana has been commended by the United Nations for meeting the targets of the Millennium Development Goals of achieving universal primary education,” he added.

The President however admitted that there are still a significant number of children that should be enrolled under the various educational programmes being introduced by government.

“Despite that achievement there are still a significant number of school age children that are not enrolled in school. These students are being targeted under the compulsory basic education programme…”

Social Intervention programmes 

The President also outlined other social intervention programmes that has been introduced by the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).

These programmes according to him, include :

  • The issuance of free supplies such as uniforms, sandals and text books
  • The free sandals programme

By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana