The leadership of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) graduates Association has announced to organize a thanksgiving service for final year students who sat for the just-ended 2021 WASSCE for School Candidates.
The impending thanksgiving service is on the theme: “The Lord is good and he has made his light shine ou us.” The date and venue for the service are yet to be communicated to graduates and members of the general public.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, launched the Free SHS graduates Association also called Nana Mma in the Ashanti Region.
Speaking at the mega launch last year, the immediate past Education Minister, Hon Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (NAPO) said the Association in the few years will become one of the most formidable wings of the New Patriotic Party.
“We want the Free SHS Graduates Association to become one of the most formidable wings of New Patriotic Party in few years to come to contribute to better governance of this country,” the former Minister for Education stated.
NAPO disclosed that the central government from December 1, 2020, will open a scholarship application portal for Free beneficiaries to apply for scholarship packages to attend what he described as almost free tertiary education.
“There will be an automatic scholarship for students in rural areas who passed very well like master Thomas Amoani of Asuaba near Adeiso in Eastern region who obtained grade ‘A1’ in all eight subjects,” Dr Matthew Opoku assured.
The Manhyia Member of Parliament also revealed to the free SHS beneficiaries that government has in addition made it more flexible for students to access student loans by removing the guarantor system which was a major hindrance.
President Akufo-Addo who last year named the 2020 WASSCE candidates as ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’ upon assumption of office in 2017 introduced wholesale Free Senior High School for students who become successful at BECE for School.
A total of 446,321 final year SHS students representing 221,437 males and 234,884 females from 965 schools sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) administered at 763 exams centres nationwide.
The Management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is yet to release the provisional results of prospective candidates who participated in the 2021 WASSCE for School.