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  • The Minister of State-designate in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, has defended the four-year Senior High School curriculum saying that students who went through that system performed better than their counterparts who went through the three year course system.

  • He said the government could not wait to address all the issues of infrastructure before continuing with the free SHS policy adding that “despite providing 96,403 mono desks, 33,171 pieces of dining hall furniture, 3,033 tables and chairs for teachers, 12,953 bunk beds,... it has not been enough to address all issues of infrastructure”.

    President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has chided pessimists of the double track education system and gave the assurance that the policy would be implemented in September this year.

  • Unfortunately, there are children between the ages of eight to 14 who have never been to school. These children are in their formative years, ...

    Written By Patrick Twumasi - Confucius once said “If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years, educate children”.

  • The middle-class welfare educational system has to change. Nana has the opportunity to do that. But will he listen?

  • “The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”  T.H. White in The Once and Future King

  • President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Saturday cleared any ambiguity over the government’s policy to roll out its free senior high school (SHS) policy, effective September this year, saying SHS education would be truly free.

  • The reduction in fees is because the students who will commence their 2018 WASSCE exams in April and end on June 1, 2018, will spend only seven weeks instead of the full 14 weeks in school.

    The Ghana Education Service (GES) has slashed the third term fees of final year students in public Senior High Schools (SHS) by 50 per cent.

  • The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, has stated that the government has no intention of using the Ghana Heritage Fund (GHF) to finance the free senior high school (SHS) policy due to take off in September this year.

  • The double-track system came to manage students’ enrolments competing for space, logistics and basic needs within the learning environment. It has worked to some extent but needs critical evaluation to synthesise the challenges and recommend possible solutions for its progress.

    Written By Rev. Fr Jonas Richmond Atarah - The Ghana Education Service and the Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) but for the untimely postponement of the re-opening date for third-year senior high students that caused inconveniences to parents and their wards must be commended. Meanwhile, it has opened the eyes of stakeholders of education to readily and seriously get involved in making recommendations for greater outcomes of the free senior high education policy. Government must be commended for holding the fort of free senior high school education uninterrupted for more than three years. Past governments were seriously challenged in releasing feeding grants meant only for northern schools to meet their re- opening dates.

  • President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured that his government “will fund the cost of public Senior High Schools for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.”

    Spelling out details of the policy, “so that no one in Ghana is left in any doubts”, the president explained that “by free SHS, we mean that, in addition to tuition which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees, no utility fees; there will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free.”

  • This new society will focus on Science and Technology as critical tool for development. It is for this reason that government is implementing the Free Education in Public Senior High Schools.

    President Akufo-Addo says his government will create a society full of opportunities and incentives for Ghanaians.

  • Written By Kofi Amponsah-Bediako - Education involves the acquisition of skills needed to identify, scrutinise, unravel, fight against and successfully address the challenges of life such as hunger, poverty, deprivation, squalor and ignorance.

  • Written By Anthony Kwaku Amoah - It is appropriate for us as teachers, education workers, parents, students, citizens and stakeholders to always remind ourselves of pertinent education acts, policies and programmes such as the 2008 Education Act 778, and to work hard for their growth.

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