Free SHS will take Ghana to the next leap – US Ambassador

Diplomat Robert P. Jackson has commended Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, for the introduction of the free senior high education policy.

The US Ambassador said the policy, if well implemented, would take Ghana to the next phase of its socio-economic development, as many more citizens would have access to education.

“Ghana has been successful in filling its schools but the quality of education in many schools has been poor. So, if we can get the quality right and provide a basis for those students to be better educated and be more successful in education and then in their careers, then Ghana can make that next leap that we all want to make,” the outgoing ambassador said on Class FM.

Mr Jackson noted: “I hope the free SHS will be an opportunity to get more deserving students in the schools, to allow them to excel regardless of their families’ income levels”.

He added that the U.S. Embassy has supported Ghana’s educational sector by distributing some five million books to public primary schools in 12 languages, trained 30,000 teachers, and introduced reading and phonics programme from which some 700,000 students have benefitted.

The NPP during the 2016 electioneering campaign promised to introduce the free senior high education policy if elected into office.

Candidate Akufo-Addo argued strenuously at the time that the policy, aimed at increasing access at the secondary school level, was achievable despite claims by their archrivals, the NDC that the policy could cripple the country’s educational structure.

Upon assumption of office in January 2017, the president hurriedly set up an implementation committee to ensure the execution of the policy. So far, the 424,092 students have benefitted from the policy as the numbers are expected to surge from the beginning of the next academic year in September.

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