Secondary school Enrollment has increased by 43%-Min of Education

The Minister of Education, Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has disclosed that the Enrollment of the free senior high school has increased by 43% since the implementation of the policy.

According to him, he has increased from 881,600 in 2016 to 1,264,071 in 2019 which the transition rate from Junior High School to Senior High School increased from 67% in 2016 to 87.7% in 2018, and to accommodate the extra numbers, 804 Classroom and Dormitory blocks are being built across the country.

Addressing delegates at the 2019 at the African Innovation Summit in Accra,he said,under the free senior high school programme, the ministry is supplying 4 core textbooks, student 9 exercise books and 4 notebooks to each student and  providing school uniforms, school and house clothes, P.E. Kit and free meals for boarding and day students to acknowledge the role of teachers in the Free SHS programme.

He also added that they working on rolling out 32 state-of-the-art TVET Institutions across the country in which the feasibility studies for these have been completed, funding proposals have been received and approval has been sought from the Public Procurement Authority for procurement to commence.

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In addition to this, development is underway for 8 Technical Universities, 2 Polytechnics and 13 Technical Institutes, whilst 35 National Vocational & Technical Institutions (NVTIs) are being expanded and upgraded across the country.

by: Prince Baffour Asamoah

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