Over 1.2 million students have benefited from Akufo-Addo’s Free SHS programme – Education Minister 

Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and SHS students
Education Minister Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh and SHS students

Honourable Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, the Ghanaian Education Minister while accounting to the Parliament of Ghana has noted that, over 1.2 million Ghanaian students have benefited from the Free Senior High School Policy implemented by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

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During the 2016 electioneering campaign, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo while in opposition has promised a Free SHS education for Ghanaian students when elected into office as president. Many Ghanaians including some members of the National Democrat Congress (NDC) whilst in government expressed doubt in the gargantua promised made by the then Leader and Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).


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Surprisingly, about nine (9) months into the first year of the Nana Akufo-Addo’s led New Patriotic Party (NPP) rolled out the flagship Free SHS Policy in September 2017 following the promise made.

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The achievement, according to Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh was an immediate and remarkable strides in education sector which has never happened in the history of Ghana’s education.

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The Education Minister who was speaking at the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, 12th August, 2020 said, the NPP made a promise to Ghanaians and have managed to deliver on it. According to him, the flagship Free SHS programme has expanded access to secondary education and enabled an extra 400,000 students to enroll in Senior High School. “Despite few initial challenges in respect of implementation, Ghanaians have largely embraced this programme and the testimonies are endless.” He explained.

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