Gov’t to pilot Free Internet access in SHS, University this year – Veep

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Akuapim Mampong
(E/R), Aug. 14, GNA – Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has re-affirmed
Government’s commitment to develop the human resource capacity of the nation
through the provision of quality education to the Ghanaian youth.

To that end, he said
government would, this year, pilot ‘Free Wi-Fi’ access in one university and
three second cycle education institutions, to enable students to access
information and educational materials on the internet for enhanced teaching and
learning.

He said government
was focused to providing the necessary educational infrastructure, teaching and
learning materials as well as qualified teachers to shape the future of the
youth.

Currently, he said,
804 educational facilities were under construction and many of them would be
completed by September this year, and added that, 59,000 teachers were
recruited upon assumption of office in 2017, to augment the teaching staff at
the second cycle educational institutions.

Vice President
Bawumia gave the assurance at this year’s celebration of the International
Youth Day on Wednesday at Akuapim Mampong in the Eastern Region.

The Day was marked
on the theme: “Transforming Education”, which fell on Monday, August
12, but since that day was a national holiday, the celebration was shifted to
Wednesday, August 14.

It was marked with a
local theme: “The Role of the Youth in Contributing to Quality Education
in Ghana”, to remind the youth about their potentials and encourage them
to aspire higher in their respective pursuits to make a difference in society.

The programme
brought together youth groups, members of the Youth Parliament, Directors of
Education, Ministers of State, Legislators and traditional leaders.

It was jointly
organised by the National Youth Authority, Ministries of Youth and Sports and
Education and the United Nations Population Fund.

The Vice President
said Akufo-Addo’s government increased the Capitation Grant per pupil from GH¢4.50p
to GH¢10.00 upon assumption of office in 2017, coupled with other innovative
initiatives such as the flagship Free Senior High School Policy (FSHS), which
has supported hundred and thousands of students across the country, and brought
lots of financial reliefs to parents and guardians.

“President
Akufo-Addo’s government will not short-change the youth of this nation.

“We are
committed to empowering and providing quality education to the Ghanaian youth
because it’s the development of the human resource that helps to develop a
nation, not the natural resources such as gold, bauxite, cocoa and crude oil,
” Dr Bawumia pointed out.

He noted that the
Ghanaian youth had the requisite abilities and potentials like any other youth
in the world to make a difference in life and reiterated government’s resolve
to digitise the various sectors of the economy to ensure quality service
delivery.

He cited some
prominent Ghanaians including former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who
touched the world with their talents and professors and engineers that worked
in well-acclaimed universities and firms and made tremendous impacts.

He said there was
nothing impossible one could not accomplish in life, but that required hard
work, dedication and discipline to make a difference in society.

Dr Bawumia assured
of government’s resolve to continue investing in education through the Free SHS
policy to attain the Sustainable Development Goal four of ensuring universal
access to education by all children of school-going age towards achieving the
‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda.

For the first time
since 2007, Dr Bawumia said the Akufo-Addo’s administration provided core text
books to Senior High Schools across the country, with the ultimate aim of
strengthening and ensuring equitable and inclusive education for all.

Vice President
Bawumia presented plaques and citations to students and coaching staff of Mamfe
Akuapim Methodist Secondary High School, who emerged winners at the 20th
edition of the Global   Robotics
competition in Michigan, United States of America.

GNA

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