By Thomas Nsowah Adjei
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has commended the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu, for promoting the government’s flagship programme the Free SHS abroad.
According to the Minister, Asantehene lauding President Akufo-Addo for introducing the Free SHS initiative during his recent visit to the United States attest to his statesmanship and truth about the value of the development of education in the country. Dr. Adutwum made the commendation during a meeting with Headmasters of all Category “A” schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Schools in Kumasi.
Correspondent Thomas Nsowah-Adjei was at the meeting and reports that, it was to assess the performance of the Category ‘A’ schools, discuss gains and challenges and plan for the coming years. Presentations were made by the Ghana Education Service, TVET Service, and the Free Senior High School Secretariat after which they shared experiences and best practices.
The Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said for Asantehene to tell the whole world about the FSHS initiative attest to the fact that the policy is not just a political issue but an initiative which stands the chance of changing the fortunes of the country. He pledged the government’s readiness to introduce many prudent policies to help improve the standard of living of Ghanaians and the development of the country. Dr. Adutwum lauded the headmasters for their hard work leading to improvement in their schools and urged them to keep working hard for the good of the nation.
The Director-General of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET, Madam Mawusi Nudekor Awity, noted that TVET in Ghana has received its highest student enrollment this year since its establishment. She disclosed that TVET schools across the country collectively recorded 44 thousand students, which is a 100 per cent increase in enrolment from previous admissions.
The President of the Conference of Assisted Secondary Schools, CHASS, Alhaji Alhasan Yakubu expressed delight that challenges confronting the schools such as finance and textbooks are gradually being addressed.
Meanwhile, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for the construction of three TVET incubating centers and ten specialized schools.