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General News of Thursday, 26 September 2019


Ghana needs educated and skilled population – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that to be able to compete effectively in the world economy, Ghana needs an educated and skilled population.

This, he said, has made his government take the courageous step to spend a third of the national budget on education.

Nana Akufo-Addo made this known when he spoke on the theme ‘Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion’ at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

According to him, his government will employ technology to accelerate the provision of quality education to Ghanaians.

“Very soon, we might not have to enter classrooms nor even go to the hallowed grounds of the famous universities to gain access to the knowledge that used to be exclusively available in those institutions,” he said.

He added that technology has made teaching and learning easy by allowing students to listen to lectures and watch experiments by famous scientists and scholars on smartphones and laptops without setting eyes on or physically ever entering an Ivy League university.

To be able to benefit from these opportunities, the President said, “we need to raise our infrastructure to a basic, minimum level. We need to provide reliable electricity and internet services to the people in our towns and villages, and, then, they can truly join in the benefits of the technology that bring quality education to all. We can then have a realistic expectation of a prosperous future”.