The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Pre-tertiary, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said the Akufo-Addo government is ready and waiting to include all successful 2020 BECE candidates to the Free SHS programme.
The Education Minister speaking on Rainbow Radio 87.65 FM’s Frontline show noted the government has embarked on massive infrastructure projects in senior high schools to expand the facilities to accommodate the over 500,000 prospective candidates who sat for the national examination.
The Teaching Minister encouraged the candidates to finish hard as they sit for their last paper today Friday, September 18, 2020, and come out with flying colours to benefit from the Free Senior High School policy.
The Member of Parliament for the Bosomtwe Constituency similarly commended parents and teaching staff for the enormous support given to the candidates in the midst of the locally transmitted coronavirus pandemic
Speaking further, the Educationist said President Nana Akufo-Addo’s decision to permit the final year students to resume school and sit for their final examination was a step in the right direction as the conduct of the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination has been succesfull.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said the implementation of the Free SHS policy has given children from less privileged communities to access secondary education in schools that were described as ‘top schools’, which they would not have had the opportunity to attend due to poverty.
The Minister added that the Akufo-Addo government as part of efforts to phase out the temporal double-track system has commenced the expansion and construction of a new building in some schools.
According to the Teaching Minister, by the start of the 2020/2021 academic year, some of the schools would stop the double-track system adding that “and in the next three year, the majority of schools would be phased out from the system”.