The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has challenged students of the first batch of the Free Senior High School (SHS) system to learn hard and come out with good grades to shame those criticising the programme
“For all those Jeremiahs who said free SHS is not possible should come to Sawla Senior High School to see things for themselves about the success story of the free SHS. Look, we cannot wait, as a country, to provide all our infrastructure needs in our schools before implementing the free SHS. No, the time is now,” he said.
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Addressing students of Sawla Senior High School in the Savannah Region, as part of his tour of the area, the President said education is the pillar for the development of every country and mentioned the United States of America which, according to him, used education as a springboard to develop its people and infrastructure.
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Nana Akufo-Addo told the students that as President of Ghana, he would follow the good examples set by the advanced countries, by developing the educational sector to accelerate the total development of the country.
He argued that the resources of the country cannot be properly harnessed if the people are not well educated and that education is the best resource the people of Ghana must have.
He noted that any new programme such as the free SHS would definitely face challenges, but that does not mean it is a bad social intervention policy.
According to him, GH¢500 million had been set aside from the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) to provide infrastructure for the free SHS programme. This, he continued, would eventually end the double track system.
The President further told the students that Sawla Senior High School was beset with infrastructure problems which he said needs urgent attention. He, however, promised the students that the infrastructure problems would be addressed by his administration.
He said because of the intention the school had for running the Science program in the near future the government would provide the school with a science laboratory and urged the youth to take advantage of the available opportunities to develop themselves.
The headmaster of the Sawla Senior High School Rev.Fr.Conellius Tegmari appealed to the President to help provide the school with dormitories, additional classrooms, dining hall teachers’ bungalows, and vehicles, which the school lack and which were making administrative work extremely difficult.
Nana Addo said as part of his campaign promise, he assured Ghanaians that when voted into power he would not become an armchair President, but would visit the regions to personally to access the level of development, which would give him a clear idea about the needs of the people.
The president also inspected ongoing works at Sawla District Hospital.
Chipo Kwaku, Yagbon Radio, Bole,S/R