Ghanaian schools to be provided with free Wifi

Stephen Asante/Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Feb. 11, GNA
– Some selected Ghanaian Senior High Schools (SHSs) and tertiary institutions
are to be provided with free Wifi services, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the
Vice-President, has disclosed.

The initiative, he
said, was part of efforts to broaden the scope of Information, Communication
and Technology (ICT) education, research and knowledge acquisition.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia,
who was addressing a town hall meeting and results fair in Kumasi, said the
internet had in recent time become a major source of information, which was
critical to the academic and career development of the youth.

On the ‘Free Senior
High School initiative, he said, it had since its implementation over the last
three years seen to the increase in enrolment of about 60 per cent.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia
explained that the human resource development of any nation determined her
level of development and growth, therefore, the initiative was being
strengthened in order to achieve the desired results.

A massive
infrastructural development in terms of the construction of additional
classrooms was being undertaken to absorb the increasing number of students.

Consequently, the
double-track system would soon be a thing of the past as works on those
classroom projects were in the advanced stage to create more space for students
to learn conveniently.

The Town Hall
Meeting, organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Information and
Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation, was designed to afford government the
platform to account to stakeholders on the execution of its programmes.

It allowed
high-ranking government officials to give an empirical account of work executed
in various sectors and to take feedback from stakeholders.

Alhaji Dr. Bawumia
said the nation needed a government whose commitment to educational development
and growth remained solid.

For that reason, the
Nana-Akufo-Addo-led Administration would continue to pump in the necessary
investment towards expanding the frontiers of educational development.

Since its
implementation, the Free SHS initiative had benefitted about 1.2 million
Ghanaian students, according to the Ministry of Education.