As per the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his administration is thinking of introducing free education at the tertiary level, following the effective execution of the free senior secondary school (SHS) strategy.
He said the free SHS policy had brought about somewhere in the range of 400,000 additional kids gaining admittance to SHS schooling in the country, with the government tending to the system’s challenges that accompanied the arrangement.
President Akufo-Addo made this expression at the recently held Global Education Summit, co-hosted by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, in London.
The President additionally spoke about how students loan scheme was quite tedious accessing them with a guarantorr. He said there has been an improvement now, as students would now be able to get to it through the Ghana card.
“Until recently, if you wanted to get a student’s loan in Ghana, you had to find a guarantor. We’ve removed the guarantor requirement. If you have the Ghana Card, you can now go on the basis of that and you get the loan, which is also going to mean a significant expansion of education at the tertiary level,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo said the government was augmenting access to education for all school-going kids on the grounds that, an informed labor force would assist with understanding the vision of a reformist and prosperous country.
He said the objective of African nations was to move away from being just producers and exporters of crude materials to become esteem added economies.
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President Akufo-Addo clarified that the vision would not be acknowledged if Africa didn’t have an informed labor force.
Ghana has assigned 23% of its public financial plan to education, according to the President.
At the end of the summit, international governments and corporations pledged to donate $4 billion to the Global Partnership for Education, which provides fair access to public education in 90 countries and territories that account for 80 per cent of children out of school.
The summit emphasised the importance of equitable access to education, amid warnings that COVID-19 had exacerbated already under-resourced public education programmes in less economically developed countries.