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Free SHS is a unique policy – Bawumia

Vice President, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia, has touted the free senior high school education policy as a unique opportunity the nation will forever adore.

According to him, it was a well-thought through policy implemented to boost the nation’s human resource base. Dr. Bawumia was addressing beneficiaries of the free SHS policy and school heads at the Tamale Senior High School (Tamasco).

“We believe the key to unlock our economic progress as a nation is education, and that is why Nana Akufo Addo has not reneged on his campaign promise.”

“We know that it is possible, and we are not going to be limited in our thinking by impossibility thoughts: our thoughts are thoughts of possibility.”

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He reassured the nation that government will sustain the free SHS policy at all cost.

“We know that when you start a policy such as this, you cannot stop. It has to be sustained and by the grace of God it will be sustained. We are not going to stop free senior high school education in Ghana.”

“It is going to be sustained because it is our priority and once it is our priority we will call the budgetary resources for it.”

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Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia emphasized that, “The key to economic growth is technical change and the key to technical change is human capital and the key to human capital accumulation is education. We cannot go wrong as a country if we invest in education.”

He urged the beneficiaries to dispel saboteurs who are undermining the policy for political expediency.

He announced government’s intention to allocate a billion cedis for the free SHS policy in 2018. According to him, there is 94% of students intake across the country, as compared to the 70% recorded in 2016.

He said teachers will be well motivated to double their efforts grooming the younger generation.

Headmaster of Tamale Senior High School, who doubles as Northern Regional Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools, Shaibu Adam Wilberforce, commended government for implementing the policy.

He revealed a massive admission of freshers in all senior high schools in the region. Shaibu Adam Wilberforce stressed the need for effective collaboration between school heads and government.

By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline.com/Ghana