The Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says contrary to what the motivated propagandists and the professional naysayers would have the Ghanaian people believe, the Free Senior High School policy, implemented by the NPP government in September 2017, has come to stay.
While presenting the national budget for 2020 on Tuesday, he indicated that, ”the implementation of the Free SHS has opened up education opportunities hitherto unseen in the history of this country.”
According to him, Enrolment at the secondary level has increased significantly by 43 percent between 2016 and 2018.
”At the end of the 2018/19 academic year, total beneficiaries for the first two cohorts was 794,899 students. The number of beneficiaries is projected to reach 1,264,000 with the addition of the third cohort. This would be the highest ever number of students concurrently enrolled in the public secondary education system in Ghana.
”Mr. Speaker, to accommodate the increased enrolment and ensure that no child is left behind, Government temporarily introduced the double track system. In anticipation of increased enrolment and the need to phase out the double track system, Government commenced the construction of 962 structures in secondary schools across the country. These comprised classroom blocks, dormitories and sanitary facilities. Government has made sufficient provision in this budget to fund the ongoing construction of the SHS structures. ” he added.
He stressed that all the countries, in the 20th century, which advanced, such as the United States of America, Japan, South Korea, Finland, Canada, China, and India, did so because they paid great attention to education.