The Minister of Education-Designate, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum says the Nana Akufo-Addo led government is ready and well prepared to cater for the 4th batch of the Free SHS beneficiaries despite the outbreak of the novel virus.
Dr Adutwum an interview with the Kumasi-based Wontumi 101.3 FM monitored by Educationweb.com.gh said his government has commenced construction of new facilities in SHSs to accommodate the over 500,000 Free SHS beneficiaries who sat for the 2020 BECE for Private and School.
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 initiative has given the opportunity to children from deprived communities to access secondary education freely in schools classified as ‘top schools’.
According to him, if not for the introduction of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) policy such students would not have had the opportunity to attend the ‘category A ‘schools in the country amid poverty.
The teaching Minister also commended parents and teachers for their enormous support given to the 4th batch of the Free SHS beneficiaries in the midst of the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Over 500,000 candidates are expected to get admission to any of the 722 Senior High, Technical and vocational schools in the country when the delayed 2020 SHS placements are released by the Education Ministry.