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Ghana government spends GH¢2.4b on Free SHS in 2020 – Minister

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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

The Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei-Adutwum, says the government spent GH¢2.4 billion on the Free Senior High School (FSHS) Policy in 2020.

He also, has refuted an assertion that the policy is being administered from the Jubilee House, the seat of government.

Addressing the media in Accra on Sunday, Dr Osei-Adutwum said the Free SHS Policy since its inception in 2017, had been managed by the Ministry of Education, through the Free Senior High School Secretariat.

He said, so far, government had spent GH¢7.7 billion in implementing the flagship policy since its roll-out, which had benefitted more than 1.2 million students at the secondary education level.

He said, for instance, an amount of GH¢480 million was spent on the Policy in 2017, GH¢1.3 billion in 2018, GH¢1.6 billion in 2019, GH¢2.4 billion in 2020, while GH¢1.9 billion would be spent this year.

The Minister said government had made giant strides in providing teaching and learning materials and expanded physical infrastructure like classroom blocks, dormitories, science and library laboratories, among others, to second cycle educational institutions across the country even though some elements in the society had tried to downplay Government’s efforts.

“We may not have the best education system in the world, but we had made giant strides over the past four years,” Dr Osei-Adutwum stressed.

He reiterated the Akufo-Addo-led government’s determination to providing free, compulsory and quality education to every Ghanaian school going-child in the quest of “making Ghana the education hub of Africa”.

The Minister said government was committed to building a robust education system that could compete with international best practices.

Dr Osei-Adutwum said Government’s goal in implementing the Free SHS Policy was to transform the education system and making it play a pivotal role in socio-economic development of the country.

“For education to be fit-for-purpose, we should have students who are creative and critical thinkers, especially in this Fourth Industrial Revolution to navigate the world,” Dr Osei-Adutwum added.

The Minister mentioned three key areas government was focused on addressing in the country’s education system- access, quality and relevance so that Ghana could make progress in transforming its economy in the near future.

Dr Osei-Adutwum said government was determined to improve its Gross Tertiary Enrollment Ratio from the current figure of 18.8 per cent to 40 per cent by 2030.

Source: GNA

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