Education Ghana 

1.2m college students to be beneficiaries of free SHS from September – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the Free Senior High School policy, launched and applied in 2017, will, from subsequent months in September, have all college students from SHS 1 to SHS three being its beneficiaries.

Based on President Akufo-Addo, “In all, 1.2 million kids shall be enrolled in our High Schools throughout the nation underneath the coverage, making it the biggest variety of college students so enrolled in our historical past.”

The President made this recognized on Saturday, 10th August 2019, when he delivered the keynote deal with on the 4th commencement ceremony of the College of Power and Pure Assets, Sunyani, within the Bono Area.

In his speech, President Akufo-Addo indicated that “it’s, thus, inevitable that, from 2020, when the primary batch of free SHS students graduate, our universities and different tertiary establishments shall be confronted with the problem of upper numbers of scholars searching for admission.”

In consequence, Authorities, he mentioned, is endeavor a complete program of increasing infrastructure on the varied tertiary establishments to accommodate the anticipated increased numbers.

This intervention, the President defined, will present elevated alternatives for younger folks to additional their training, pursue their desires, and, in the end, contribute their quota to the event of the nation.

With a number of GETFund initiatives on the campus of UENR at a standstill, and placing monumental strain on the services of the College, quite a lot of directives to GETFund, relationship again to the earlier administration, to put a number of the uncompleted initiatives at UENR on their precedence checklist haven’t yielded a lot.

“Chairperson, issues will change, and I favor to let my deeds, not phrases, do the speaking. It isn’t for nothing that the Minister of State for Tertiary Training is right here at this ceremony. His presence is meant to be a assure of motion,” he added.

The President continued, “While we work to deal with the infrastructural challenges of the College, I’m comfortable to announce that the pledge we made to assemble the 5 kilometers of entry roads for the College is being fulfilled. A contract value GH¢7.9 million has been awarded to Messrs JOFASM Restricted, and the highway shall be accomplished in 18 months. The contractor shall be on-site by the top of this month.”

Kudos to UENR
From an preliminary graduating class of 154 college students to 1,100 college students in 2019, President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that “for a College that was solely established in 2012, you may have completed nicely for yourselves in making an attempt not solely to rub shoulders with the highest Universities within the nation but additionally to set your self other than others on the continent.”

As co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Growth Targets, the President expressed his pleasure at a number of the initiatives being undertaken by the College in serving to attain the 17 SDGs.

“With the world confronted with the menace of plastic waste, it’s gratifying to notice that UENR is on the forefront of creating biodegradable polythene from corn starch,” he mentioned.

In serving to to take care of the consequences of local weather change, the College is the one establishment of upper studying in West Africa to have put in a hearth monitoring laboratory, underneath the Earth Commentary Analysis Innovation Centre (EORIC), to observe, detect and predict wildfire and floods within the Area.

“It’s, thus, not a shock that the College has turn out to be one of many World Financial institution’s Centres of Excellence in vitality and environmental sustainability in Africa. We will solely urge you to chalk an increasing number of of such feats. Don’t relaxation in your oars, stimulate analysis in science and know-how, and turn out to be a useful resource hub, particularly in vitality and pure assets in Africa,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo applauded the authorities of the College for the choice to determine a Medical Faculty for the coaching of docs not solely to serve the three areas of Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo but additionally to serve the cities and communities alongside your entire western hall of the nation.

Nonetheless, he appealed to “this specialised college to strive to not deviate, as others have completed, an excessive amount of from its core mandate of being a pure useful resource and science and engineering-based college, arrange particularly to coach the important manpower required for the expansion and growth of the vitality and pure useful resource sectors of our nation.”

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