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General News of Sunday, 14 August 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Free SHS for boarders to begin September – Ablakwa

A deputy minister of Education in charge of tertiary, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said President John Dramani Mahama will next month extend free education to boarding students in the various Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country.

The programme currently covers only day students in some selected schools. Mr. Ablakwa’s remarks confirmed President John Dramani Mahama's earlier announcement that his government would be expanding the Progressively Free SHS policy to cover boarding students in deprived districts.

Speaking at the launch of the NDC’s 2016 campaign in Cape Coast on Sunday, Mr. Ablakwa said the NDC government is committed to implementing the progressively free SHS policy.

“Next month September when the 2016/2017 academic year begins, president Mahama will be launching the free SHS for borders. 120,000 borders are going to benefit from this programme as we expand progressively free senior high school education. This is what the NDC stands for.”

“Education investments take time to show; but we are committed and President Mahama led by the able Professor Naana Opoku Agyeman, we are making progress and progress is there for all to see. Apart from quality and access, affordability is also key and so we have implemented the progressively free senior high school education. More than 400,000 school pupils are benefiting at the second cycle level.”