Adutwum: Free SHS Opens Doors for 1.4 Million Students

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, has praised the government’s Free Senior High School (SHS) policy for creating an opportunity for more than 1.4 million students to access secondary education. Speaking at the formal launch of the National Service Scheme at 50 (NSS@50) held at the Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Mr. Adutwum expressed his pride in being a part of the Free SHS journey.

He highlighted the successes of the program, including achieving gender balance in secondary education over the past six years and the government’s commitment to transforming Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Additionally, he emphasized that the construction of educational facilities across the country reflects the government’s dedication to enhancing Ghana’s basic education system.

Mr. Adutwum stated, “Today, I am pleased to announce that we have 1.4 million of our youth enrolled in secondary schools, up from 830,000 students in the past. I am delighted to see an equal number of girls and boys in our senior high schools, which was once considered an unattainable feat for an African country. TVET is currently undergoing transformation, and I am excited that President Akufo-Addo is now focusing on improving our basic school system. The ongoing construction of schools across the nation signifies a strong commitment to the transformation of public education and the reform of TVET.”

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