Free SHS has increased SHS enrolment by 50% – Bawumia

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Senior High School (SHS) enrollment has surged by 50 percent since the Akufo-Addo government implemented the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) in 2017, according to Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

In his speech at a ceremony to give over more than 75 buses and five pickup vehicles to certain selected public second cycle schools, Dr Mahamudu stated that the central government is committed to increasing access to quality education.

“Over the last five years, our government has committed to increasing access to quality education and providing vehicles to Secondary Schools to support the transportation of our growing population in these schools,” said the President.

“This government has increased secondary school enrolment to over 1.2 million students since 2017, as a result of the President’s Free SHS policy,” he continued. Indeed, senior high enrolment in Ghana has increased by 50%, which is enormous.”

The Vice-handover President’s of the buses and trucks was in furtherance of the Akufo-Addo government’s vow to address the logistical and other needs of the education sector and improve access to education.

Lambussie Community Day SHS, St James Seminary, Begoro Presby SHS, Techimantia SHS, Odupong SHS, Asankragua SHS, Wa SHS, and Koforidua Senior High Technical School are among the Senior High Schools (SHSs) that would benefit.

STEM SHS Kpasenkpe, Accra Academy SHS, Anum Boso SHS, Tepa SHS, Northern School of Business, Osino Presby SHS, Oti Boateng SHS, Tarkwa SHS, Asare Bediako SHS, Assin North SHTS, and Bosomtwe Girls STEM SHS are among the others.

This is the second time in the 2022 academic year that the Vice-President has donated buses and pickup trucks to several of the country’s Senior High Schools on behalf of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government.

Mr Bawumia stated during a vehicle handover event in February that the automobiles are part of the government’s continued endeavor, through the Ghana School Trust Fund, to enhance access to education for every Ghanaian kid.

Dr. Mahamudu further stated that the cars will provide the required infrastructure and logistics to establish a suitable environment for teaching and learning in various secondary schools.

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