Budgetary Allocation for the Free SHS Policy to be Increased – President Akufo-Addo

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The government’s decision to find new sources of finance for its free senior high school program has been backed by President Akufo-Addo.

Despite the present economic difficulties, the budgetary allocation for the policy execution has increased from 2.3 billion cedis to 2.96 billion cedis. The funding is being provided despite the country’s economic challenges.

He asserts that the program has been more successful than the previous one based on the outcomes of students who received free SHS in the most recent two West Africa Secondary Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

President Akufo-Addo

“The 2022 WASSCE results of the third batch of Free SHS graduates show 60.39 percent of students recording A1-C6 in English as opposed to 51.6 percent in 2016. 62.5 percent recording A1 to C6 in Integrated Science in 2022 as opposed to 48.35 percent in 2016 with this year’s results being a slight regression from the 2021 pass rate of 65.7 percent”, he said.

“61.39 percent scored A1 to C6 in Mathematics as opposed to 33.12 percent in 2016 and 71.5 percent recorded A1 to C6 in Social Studies as compared to 54.5 percent in 2016,” President Akufo-Addo said during the Opoku Ware School’s 70th anniversary celebration in Kumasi. Let’s not forget that the 2021 class of students, who also achieved extremely impressive accomplishments, were the forerunners of the double track system, which at the time of its introduction received a lot of vilification and unjustified criticism.

President Akufo-Addo

The results for 2022 were the best in eight years, according to the president, who maintains that the pass rate has been rising continuously since the pre-free SHS era.

For this reason, the President considers the Free SHS to have been a great success, benefiting 1.3 million students despite the fact that the policy has its own drawbacks.

“There have been challenges associated with this policy which government has addressed substantially; many of them and there will be more in the course of time, such is the nature of social evolutions so that at every stage the challenges will be met”, he added.

“From a budget of 2.3 billion cedis in 2022, a 28.6 percent increase has been applied to this year’s budget for free SHS”, he mentioned.

“Seven Decades of Leadership through Self Discipline” was the theme of the celebration. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, and other dignitaries were present.

The school’s administration took the chance to request that the government continue rehabilitation work that had been put on hold for months.

“As a listening father, you heeded to our plea and came to our help to refurbish all the facilities on campus in June 2020,” said the ceremony’s headmaster, Rev. Father Stephen Owusu Sekyere. I hate to inform you now that the project has halted after two years despite being scheduled to be finished within six months.

Old students are contributing funds to a savings account in order to assist future construction initiatives.

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