Free SHS policy’’ kickstarts as Mahama commissions Atta Mills SHS


President John Mahama is kick-starting his flagship education policy of tuition-free senior high school as he commissions a 4-storey day school christened Atta Mills Senior High School.

In a symbolic fashion, the event is happening at Otuam in the Central Regional, the hometown of his predecessor, Professor John Evans Atta Mills.  The Day community school is one of 200 such schools to be built by 2016.

Government has also released more than 12 million cedis for the implementation of the progressively free SHS policy.

JOY NEWS has sighted a letter dated 7th September from the Finance Ministry authorizing the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to release 12,178,000 million cedis to enable the Education Ministry carry out the policy.

The policy is government’s commitment to fulfill its electoral promise of making secondary education progressively free.

At the start of the 2015/2016 academic year, more than 300,000 day students are expected to benefit from the policy.

They will be exempted from the payment of school fees.

Joy News checks in the Volta and Northern regions show that work is progressing steadily.

Schools are to be built in Northern regional districts such as Kpandai Bunkpurugu in Bunkpurugu, Namong in Yunyoo, Bamboi in Bole.

In Wapuli in Saboba, a resident complained that work was “moving at a snail pace, they work small and go they work small and go”.

In the Nanumba North, the DCE says the contract is yet to be awarded. The SHS in Nakpayili in Nanumba South district is being constructed by Azorka construction. It has reached one out of four storey.

Others are to be built in Malshegu in Sanerigu, Mion, Daboya in North Gonja and Mpaha in Central Gonja

In the Volta region, Joy News correspondent Ivy Setordzie reports that the building at Nkwanta South is 60% complete and will be ready in 10 months as promised by the contractor.

Other schools are to be built in Avenorkpeme in Akatsi South, Damanko in Nkwanta North, Volo in North Tongu and Krachi Ntsumuru in Kratsi Ntsumuru