President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo after Forbes named him African of the year has been presented a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in recognition of his implementation of the Free Senior High School policy (Free SHS).
Presented by the President of the US National Bar Association, Judge Carlos E. Moore, the award is to honour Nana Addo for the initiative that seeks to provide free quality education to students to improve Ghana’s education system.
The Free Senior High School (Free SHS) education policy is a Government of Ghana (GoG) initiative introduced in September 2017 by the Presidential administration of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
The Free SHS policy which origination began as part of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s presidential campaign ahead and during the 2016 election period has now become an essential part of the country’s educational system.
The policy’s core themes of access, equity and equality fulfil the United Nations modified Sustainable Development Goals, required in a member country educational system to certify adequate learning experiences for students.
In a related development, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has said approximately 1.39 million students who will be successful at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will get free SHS next year.
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,” Osei 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.