85 schools get vehicles
H.E. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice President, has presented 85 buses to selected Senior High Schools (SHS) countrywide and 50 pick ups to some Heads of the second cycle institutions, to improve the mobility of students of the beneficiary schools and also facilitate effective academic activities.
He also announced that government has awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of 110 science resource centres across the country, this year.
The Veep said during the presentation ceremony in Accra that, government attaches great importance to education, hence the effort being made to improve the quality of education in the country.
Mr. Mahama noted that, since the duration of SHS was changed from four years to three years, government has constructed 350 six unit classroom blocks and dormitories in second cycle institutions to accommodate the fourth year students who are due to complete next year.
He added that government has also constructed over one thousand new schools to replace schools under trees in the country at the basic school level, with the assurance that government will construct an additional 1,500 schools by the end of this year and another 1,500 by 2012.
Mr. Mahama pointed out that, the provision of free school uniforms for students at the basic school level has also improved the quality of education in the country.
Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu, the Minister of Education, said her ministry with the help of the Africa Development Bank, has retrained over 4,000 teachers in the four core subjects at the SHS level, to meet the changing trends in education delivery.