200 community Day SHS to Be Build
Mr. John Mahama, Vice-President says government is to construct over 200 community day schools with well-equipped libraries across the country, as part of a new drive to expand access to secondary education.
Vice-President John Mahama, who announced that at Sunyani, said the move will to ensure that within the next decade, the minimum education every person should have is secondary.
The occasion was the inauguration and blessing of the St. Patrick and St. James Roman Catholic cluster of schools, put up a a cost of 1.4 million Euros, through the benevolence of a consortium of Spanish donors.
Vice-President Mahama said over 600 emergency classrooms and dormitories have been built across the country, whilst almost 50 per cent target of eliminating 4,000 schools under tress has been achieved.
He said through the efforts of successive governments, including the current one, gender parity in school enrolment has been achieved and exceeded the 90 cent target.
“The free distribution of exercised books to school children is on course, “he stated, disclosing that 40 million books have, so far been distributed across the country, whilst the free school uniform project, has hit almost three million.
In response to criticisms from certain quarters about the distribution of the uniforms, Mr. Mahama said: “The competence of a child sitting in the classroom and learning can come down to the uniform they wear.”
He explained that a child’s confidence in class be affected due to his\her inappropriate attire.
Vice-President Mahama commended the Catholic Church for its role in expanding access to education and said he was delighted that the inauguration of the cluster of schools will end the shift system in Sunyani.
Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, said a total of 596 educational projects at the cost of GH¢72,003,681.97 have been initiated in the region.
They include dormitories, libraries, classrooms, dining halls, administration blocks, and Science/ICT centers. “Also 176 schools under tress have been phase out since 2009. 24,860 pieces of furniture, which consist to desk and bunk beds for SHS, have been supplied,” he added.