Good news for Free SHS but…

Government has commenced processes to construct 34 infrastructure projects to address acute challenges facing some 32 senior high schools for the free Senior High School (SHS) programme in the country.

Sixteen senior high schools will receive dormitories each, seven will receive a 12-unit classroom block, two will receive a 6-unit classroom block each, four will benefit from assembly halls, three will receive 12-seater toilets, and one will receive a three-unit science laboratory.

The information was contained in an invitation for tender by the Ministry of Education published in the media. The projects are being funded by budgetary allocations for Ministry of Education intended for infrastructural development works.

The senior high schools to benefit from these projects include Yamfo Anglican SHS, Academy of Christ, Gomoa Senior High/Tech, Diaspora Girls SHS, St Thomas Aquinas, Huni Valley SHS, Tempane SHS, Hilla Limann Senior High among others.

Meanwhile the Chief of Staff Mrs. Fremah Osei-Opare has assured Ghanaians that, all the challenges that had come with the implementation of the free SHS will be addressed. She explained that, education was a major priority on the government’s development agenda and the government would work hard to achieve free education for all.

In spite of the strides in education, the largest opposition party in Ghana, the National Democratic Congress in a roundtable breakfast discussion on November 14, 2017 pointed out the bottlenecks of the free SHS programme.

According to the minority in parliament, the ruling government implemented the free SHS programme without making the necessary provision for adequate funding and infrastructure.

The minority pointed out that, two months into the free SHS programme, the government has failed to pay the second tranche of the 20% funds which is badly needed by the schools to fend for the students.

Source: Maryan Abena Oteng/hbtvghana.com

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