Ghana has dedicated GHS114,500,612,135.00 to the education sector in the previous seven years, according to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Senior High Schools (SHSs) have received GHS12, 961, 284, 548.00.
In an address to the 61st Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) in Accra, the President stated that investment has resulted in the completion of 1,105 second-cycle projects.
Accommodation, teaching and learning initiatives such as classroom blocks, scientific labs and home economics blocks, dormitories, and model STEM schools are among them. Some 1, 270 infrastructural initiatives at the basic level have also been done through the Ghana Education Trust (GET) Fund to help improve early childhood education quality.
President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that school development projects included cutting-edge technology such as SMART boards to boost interactive learning experiences. “I am pleased to report that a substantial number of these projects are nearing completion, and by early 2024, they will be fully operational,” he told reporters.
He noted the development of 11 model schools around the country as evidence of progress toward transforming education at the Junior High School (JHS) level. When finished, these buildings are planned to be outfitted with modern amenities to create an ideal learning environment for meaningful outcomes.
He touched on the Ghana National Digital Literacy Project, saying it was meant to ensure 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 a worthy partner of the Government in pursuit of the nation’s educational goals. The authorities would provide the schools with the needed incentives and resources to improve academic work,” he assured.
He stated that without vigorous and suitable educational policy, Ghana will be unable to play a more major part in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
As a result, he praised the Nana Akufo-Addo administration for executing the ‘Free SHS’ initiative and its commitment to improving access to excellent education.
The subject of the conference was “61 Years of Shaping Second-Cycle Education in Ghana: Challenges and Successes in Contemporary Times.” It addressed Ghana’s educational policy, as well as its triumphs and issues.