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Free SHS, TVET now integral parts of Ghana’s educational structure – Akufo-Addo

BY: Getrude Ankah Nyavi
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says his government’s flagship Free Senior High School (SHS) policy and the Free Technical, Vocational and Education Training (TVET) have now become integral parts of Ghana’s educational structure.

According to him, the free SHS initiative is a transformational step that will accelerate Ghana’s socio-economic development for a lifetime.

He said this while delivering the State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Tuesday January 5, 2021 before the dissolution of the 7th Parliament on January 6, 2021.

The State of the Nation Address was to give an account of his tenure in office from Jan 7, 2017 to Jan 6, 2021.

“Four years ago, it sounded recklessly optimistic, but Free SHS and Free TVET are now entrenched parts of our educational setup. In a few years’ time, we can guarantee that the basic education for the work-force in our country would be at the secondary level. It is a transformational step we have taken, which should quicken the development all around and give us confidence in our future”, he said.

The president stressed that the two initiatives have strengthened and opened access to teaching and learning at the basic level.

President Akufo-Addo introduced the Free Secondary High School (Free SHS) education policy in Ghana in 2017.

The policy's origination began as part of the President's presidential campaign during Ghana's 2016 election period and has become an essential part of Ghana's educational system.

The first batch of students who benefited from the policy completed SHS in 2020.