About 1.39 million prospective students are expected to benefit from the Free Senior High School and Technical Vocational and Education Training (Free SHS/TVET) in the next academic year, the Minister for Education has disclosed.
Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Nhyira FM monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh, Dr Adutwum said the government as part of an effort to ensure more students are educated has included TVET schools to free SHS policy.
He said the Ghana Education Service (GES) following the inclusion of TVET in the free SHS program has added more than 130 Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) institutions to the 2021 BECE school selection register.
“A total of 1.39 million students are expected to benefit from the Free Senior High School and Technical Vocational and Education Training (Free SHS/TVET) in the next academic year when the school placements are out,” Adutwum noted.
The Bosomtwe Member of Parliament furthered that the central government has built more infrastructures in some Technical Schools to promote Technical and Vocational education adding that the 2022 budget will add more.
Mr Yaw Opoku Mensah, the Deputy spokesperson for the Ministry of Education Tuesday told EducationWeb.com.gh 289 Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) schools will benefit from the Free SHS policy.
“Government has added 139 TVET schools to the already existing 47 schools under the Computerized School Placement System, making it a total of 286 TVET schools that will benefit from the free SHS policy,” Opoku stated.
The MoE spokesman said the move to include the 289 public TVET schools in the Free Senior High School policy forms part of the Nana Akufo-Addo led administration efforts to promote Technical and Vocational education in the country.
In a related development, the Management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Monday, November 29, 2021 commenced the 2021 selection of schools. The nationwide school exercise is expected to end December 14, 2021.