According to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the government has begun processes to create a total of 962 school structures nationwide in its effort to resolve infrastructural problems in senior high schools.
The president states that, as a result of the implementation of the Free SHS, there is an extensive system designed to ensure that the problems faced by second cycle schools are addressed.
Addressing the audience at the Opoku Ware Senior High School’s 68th Speech and Prize Giving Day ceremony in Kumasi, Nana Akufo-Addo said the government is committed to investing heavily in education.
“We are investing heavily in infrastructure, particularly in our double track schools. Here at Opoku Ware School, for example, Government has already completed the construction of a twelve-unit classroom block, which I understand is currently in use, together with the provision of 1,500 sets of tables and chairs. Government is constructing a new four-storey dormitory block, work on which is progressing steadily. In total 962 structures are being constructed in schools across the country,” President Akufo-Addo said.
President Akufo-Addo stated that addressing the infrastructure deficit “was an excellent and exciting one because more children wanting to go to school beyond Junior High School was good news.”
“Our position is that every child who qualifies to be in Senior High School must be given the opportunity to do so,” he noted.
He further claimed that the provision of access to 1,2 million children entailed creativity in the use of the available resources, and “it is from this that the concept of the dual-track system was born, a system that operated well in many other jurisdictions.”
Commenting on the double-track system, President Akufo-Addo said the government has been able to ensure the best possible use of the space and assets available in schools, throughout the year.
“Schools, that operate the double-track system, have increased their SHS 1 intake by up to fifty per-cent (50%) of their usual capacity. This has given many young students a better opportunity to enter our elite schools, such as Opoku Ware than was previously the case”, he added.
President Akufo-Addo assured that every district, municipal and metropolitan directorate of education will receive a pick-up vehicle to help deliver quality education.
“I assure all of you that Government will deal with the issues as they arise, and ensure that we continue to invest in the education and skills training of our young people, as the investment represents the best hope for the social and economic future of our country,” the President added.