Ghana spends more than 100 billion Cedis on education over the course of 7 years – President Akufo-Addo

Ghana has allocated a total of GHS114,500,612,135.00 to the education sector in the last seven years, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed.

Out of this, GHS12,961,284,548.00 has been spent on Senior High Schools (SHSs). The President, in an address at the 61st Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), in Accra, said that investment had translated into the execution of a total of 1, 105 projects at the second-cycle level.

These include accommodation, teaching and learning related projects such as classroom blocks, science laboratories and home economics blocks, dormitories and model STEM schools.

Through the Ghana Education Trust (GET) Fund, some 1, 270 infrastructure interventions have also been implemented at the basic level to help improve the standards for early childhood education.

In order to improve interactive learning experiences, President Nana Akufo-Addo said that initiatives involving the construction of schools included cutting-edge technology, like as SMART boards.

“I am pleased to report that a substantial number of these projects are nearing completion, and by early 2024, they will be fully operational,” stated the president.

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While espousing the progress being made to transform education at the Junior High School (JHS) level, he cited the construction of 11 model schools across the country.

These facilities are expected to be fitted with modern amenities in order to provide an optimal learning environment for meaningful outcomes when completed.

He touched on the Ghana National Digital Literacy Project, saying it was meant to ensure that every student was equipped to thrive in the global digital economy.

“The heart of this endeavour lies in our primary schools where the foundation of learning is laid,” he said.

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education, lauded CHASS for being worthy partners of the Government in pursuit of the nation’s educational goals.

The authorities would provide to the schools the needed incentives and resources to improve academic work, he assured.

According to him, Ghana cannot participate more fully in the Fourth Industrial Revolution without active and effective educational programmes.

He commended the Nana Akufo-Addo Administration for putting the “Free SHS” initiative into effect and for its commitment to expanding access to high-quality education.

The conference’s theme was “61 Years of Shaping Second-Cycle Education in Ghana: The Challenges and Successes in Contemporary Times”.

It covered the triumphs and difficulties of Ghana’s educational policies.

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