In a presentation to showcase the achievement of the Akuffo Addo led Government, the Minister of Education who doubles as the Member of Parliament for the people of Manhyia, Hon. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh explained the cause of the double-track system, so far as the Free Senior High (FSHS) Programme is concerned.
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
“Free senior high school programme has been successfully accomplished by high demand for Grade A schools due to the school choice system. To ensure that no child is denied access to education, the government has invested in infrastructure to accommodate the extra numbers. In the 2018/19 academic year, the number of Junior High school graduates that enrolled in SHS exceeded the number of students that enrolled in the 2017/18 school year by 30.7%”, he added.
In furtherance to his speech delivery with respect to how the double track came about, he said, “when we started FSHS in 2017, we did our analysis and we found out that we needed accommodation(seats) for 181,993 students because we were expecting 472,730 students to go to school but the available seats for them to sit on were about 290,000 and that’s what led to the double-track”. He however added that 1,011 senior high schools’ projects have been initiated across the country with 492 projects completed.
“In a bid to expand the capacity for learning for pupils in our basic schools, a total of 719 projects have been initiated since 2017, with the 252 of them completed. 6 units classroom blocks for primary, 3-unit classroom blocks JHS and 18-unit blocks for primary and JHS. Others including provision of washroom facilities and rehabilitation works on existing infrastructure nationwide. Added to the this, the ministry has supplied furniture to basic schools nationwide due to: dual desk, teachers tables with chairs, common room chairs, library tables and chairs and book shelfs, file drawer cabinets and hexagonal tables and chairs”, the minister added.
TECHNICAL AND VOCTAIONAL (TVET)
Mathew Opoku-Prempeh reiterated that no government has performed better than the NPP government in terms of Technical and vocational training. He further explained that government has invested to expand TVET capacity through the construction of new institutions and additional facilities in existing institutions. In addition, quality is being improved by re-equipping and revising their curricular to Competency Based Training. He notably added that, TVET investment covered Technical Universities, Technical Institutes, National Vocational Training Institutes (NVTIs) and Opportunity Industrialization Center (OIC)
This country since its inception never had a tertiary education policy but under Nana Akuffo Addo’s leadership, we had one. In addition, government had opened distance education Ghana which enables students who cannot go campus to learn, learn at home. Students will also get loan using their student ID without a guarantor. This will be in conjunction with the Student Loan Trust Fund (SLTF). Also, all utility bills had been cancelled therefore, no student will be charged for utility bills. He however added that 13 lecture halls with 252-seater multi-functional with laboratories and faculty offices et’al