Admission to local students to be restored
H.E. Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, the President of Ghana, has announced that the 30 percent policy used in selecting first-year Senior High School (SHS) students from within a 10-mile radius of schools will be reinstated from the 2011/12 academic year.
According to the President, government has noted with concern the rate at which the computerised placement mechanism is blocking access to second cycle education by pupils from basic schools in their catchment areas.
Prof. Mills made this announcement in Accra, when he delivered his ‘State of the Nation Address’ to Parliament, outlining government’s policies and programmes on education, saying government will further intensify its commitment to give free exercise books and school uniforms to pupils in deprived areas, expand the capitation grant and the school feeding programme.
He stated that the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST) has already begun distributing computer notebooks to brilliant but needy science students and pledged government’s continued commitment to provide incentives and motivational packages for teachers as a way of enhancing teaching and learning in schools.
The President stressed that it is government’s vision to expand ICT infrastructure, stressing that a Tertiary Institutions Internal Access Programme (TIIAP), has been put in place for institutions to benefit from a discounted laptop scheme.
He also pointed out that the first batch of beneficiaries of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme covering needy but brilliant science-bias students in second-cycle and tertiary institutions, will be awarded scholarships before the end of March, this year.