Ghana’s current Deputy Education Minister in charge of Basic & Secondary Education, Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum says the Akufo-Addo led government is well prepared for the next batch of Free SHS beneficiaries in 2021.
Dr Osei Yaw Adutwum speaking in an interview with the Kumasi-based Wontumi 101.3 FM monitored by Georgeweb.org indicated the government has commenced construction of new facilities in various Senior High Schools (SHSs) to accommodate the over 500,000 2020 BECE graduates.
This he said would see some of the schools (SHSs) phased-out of the double-track system in the 2020/2021 academic year adding that in the next three years, the majority of schools would be phased out from the system.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament noted the Free SHS programme has given the opportunity to children from deprived communities to access secondary education freely in schools classified as ‘top schools’, which he said they would not have had the opportunity to attend amid poverty.
The teaching Minister further encouraged the 2020 BECE graduates and soon to be Free SHS beneficiaries waiting for their results to prepare for the free Senior High School policy because the opportunity is awaiting them.
The Deputy Education Minister also commended parents of prospective candidates and teachers for their enormous support given to the candidates in the midst of the outbreak of the global pandemic since March 15, 2020.