GETFund secures US$500 Million to improve educational infrastructure

By Ken
Sackey, GNA

Legon, Sept. 15, GNA – The Ghana Education
Trust Fund (GETFund) has secured a US$500 million facility to aid the
construction of new school structures, renovation and expansion of facilities
in existing educational institutions, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
has announced.

That, he said, was going to enhance the
double-track system and boost enrolment under the government’s flagship free
Senior High School (SHS) education programme, aimed at reducing poverty and
ensuring an educated and skilled workforce to propel the country’s development
agenda.

President Akufo-Addo said this in a keynote
address at the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School’s (PRESEC) 80th Anniversary
Grand Durbar at Legon, in Accra.

The event was held under the theme:
“Powerful past, prosperous present and prominent future”.

President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that
contrary to the heightened concerns regarding the swift implementation, the
sustainability and the effect of the double-track system on education, the
policy would not destroy the educational system “as the professional Jeremiahs
would want you to believe”.

Rather, he said, the innovative double-track
system apart from providing equal opportunity for every Ghanaian child to gain
access to secondary education, would address infrastructural challenges.

“It will reduce class sizes, increase contact
hours between teachers and students as well as increase the number of holidays
for students, and all this is going to be achieved with existing
infrastructure.”

President Akufo-Addo rallied all stakeholders
to embrace the system to ensure its success.

He said although there were challenges with
the implementation of the free SHS programme, his administration would spare no
effort to ensure the success of the policy for a prosperous Ghana.

He inspected and inaugurated some completed
projects in the school.

GNA

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