The Vice President of the Republic, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has implored stakeholders in the education sector to support government by suggesting ideas to improve teaching and learning in the second cycle institutions of the country.
He noted that the Akuffo Addo led government will continue to ensure strong cooperation and dialogue with all stakeholders to finding lasting solutions to the challenges that, we face in our quest to deliver quality Senior High School Education.
“We welcome suggestions from all to improve our secondary education system and ensure that all our children have access to free and quality secondary education in Ghana” he stated further.
According to Dr Bawumia, government is committed to achieving sustainable economic growth as promised, and the private sector is a key partner to achieving this objective. Adding that, as such, since January 2017 _ when our government came into power, we have taken several initiatives to create an environment that allows the private sector to thrive and grow.
He continued that, for instance, with our projection that the Free SHS policy will drive enrolment up in senior secondary schools and subsequently, tertiary institutions, our government, in 2018, abolished the corporate taxes imposed on private universities across the country.
This tax break the Vice President believes will enable the private universities to invest more in programs and expansion of their institutions to accommodate the increasing number of students from the secondary schools. “This is in addition to government’s initiative to invest in the expansion of all existing public tertiary institutions across the country” he revealed.
This was delivered by the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Sa-eed on behalf of His Excellency, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia as the Special Guest of Honour on The Speech And Prize-Giving Day Of the Ghana Senior High School in Tamale.
“… as we continue to engage stakeholders to ensure that we improve all aspects of our Secondary Education, we have implemented a system to track our progress to ensure that we achieve the objectives of the Free Senior High School Policy. Despite the challenges in the initial implementation of the Free Senior High School Policy, Government remains firm in its conviction to overcome all the hurdles. Our approach is holistic, effective, relevant, all inclusive and consistent. The Free Senior High School policy has been a great relief to many parents. It has removed the burden of paying school fees from parents who cannot pay their wards’ school fees. Under no circumstance will any student be denied Senior High education as a result of financial difficulties” he insists.
He disclosed that, during the first year of implementation, ‘we have already achieved an increase of over 90,000 student’s intake into Senior High Schools across the country and added this is significant and a key milestone towards building a resilient economy. “Government has also absorbed all payments including tuition fees, science centre fees, library fees, computer laboratory fees, examination fees and utility fees. In addition, free textbooks have been distributed to all public Senior High Schools in the country for the use of students. Boarding students are also given three free square meals while day students get a meal at school for free” he revealed.
The occasion was organized under the theme “Discipline And Hard Work; Pre-Requisite For Success”. This Dr Bawumia stated that, it directly resonates with the Motto for the school, “Dani Suma Ni Suglo”, and can be seen in the caliber of people who have passed through this great institution. He however commended the management of the school and many others who helped to develop the school to its greatest heights.
story by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com