President John Dramani Mahama has said Ghana’s youth literacy rate will hit 100% within the next decade. According to him, recent statistics indicate that youth literacy rate in the country is at 88.5%.
The president made this known when he was speaking at the 70th-anniversary ceremony of Aburi Girls Senior Girls today [Saturday].
According to the president, youth literacy grew from 64.8% in the 2005/2006 academic year to 88.5% in the 2012/2013 academic year.
“Youth literacy, which used to be 55.8% in 98/99 went up to 64.8% in the 2005/2006 academic year and has recorded a huge jump to 88.5% in the 2012/2013 academic year. We expect that over the next decade, we should achieve a 100% youth literacy,” he added.
President Mahama also used the occasion to commend the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for clamping down on examination malpractices in the just ended Basic Education Certificate Examination.
“I’m pleased also to note that WAEC has risen to the occasion to deal with the shameful examination malpractices that have plagued examinations over the past several years.
This year, I am proud to not that our BECE examinations have passed with no incidence recorded.” The anniversary of the 70th-anniversary celebration is “Aburi Girls at 70 ,forging ahead for greater heights in educational excellence.”