Greater Accra Regional Minister, Ishmael Ashitey, has said government’s flagship programme, Free Senior High School (SHS) policy was best for the building of a stronger economy for the country.
According to him, the programme will serve as an avenue to open doors for education which will later lead to employment of the youth.
The minister made the statement at the launch of the Free SHS at the West African Secondary School (WASS) in Accra yesterday.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Ashitey said it was an undeniable fact that the socio-economic benefits of this policy to “our dear country” cannot be over-emphasised.
He said “Indeed education is one important means by which we can open up the door that leads to employment and through it food, shelter and in the long-run better quality of life. Therefore, providing free education is the best our country is witnessing.”
He was grateful to the president and the government for delivering on their promises thus kick-starting the programme.
Meanwhile, Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare, has given assurance that government was ready to disburse the funds needed to allow the smooth implementation of the programme.
She said the ministry had finalised preparations to credit the accounts of some 647 public SHS and was waiting for the ministry of education to provide them with the numbers of students in each of those schools.
She assured that these accounts will be credited by close of Friday to enable the schools roll out the programme.
The Free SHS policy begun on Monday, September 11, 2017 with students successfully placed reporting officially to their various schools.
Story: Mizpah Etormenye Mensavie-Ayivor