Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the implementation of its campaign promise to provide free public senior high school (SHS) education will begin from the 2017/2018 academic year.
According to him, he is committed, “without any equivocation, without any reservation, without any doubt, to take Ghana to the stage where public Senior High School education will be free for every Ghanaian child.”
The free public SHS education, he said, was aimed at building an educated populace for speedy national development and progress.
“By free SHS, we mean that in addition to tuition, which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees. There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.
“Free SHS will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level,” Nana Addo said.
Speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at the 60th Anniversary celebration of Okuapeman School Saturday, February 11, 2017, he said the government had a well thought-out plan that involved the building of new public and cluster SHSs to give more meaning to free public SHS education.
Free SHS was a major campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 and 2016 general elections.