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CDSHS Launched As Progressively Free Education Begins


A significant event to commission the first Community Day Senior High School (CDSHS) and launch the “progressively Free SHS” (PFSHS) programme, has been held at Ekumfi-Otuam in the Central Region.

The School was named after the late president, Prof. John Evans Atta Mils.

President John Dramani Mahama who commissioned the Prof. John Evans Atta Mills SHS and also launched the PFSHS, said the event is to hunour the memory of Prof. Mills who believed in education.

Under the policy, some approved schools fees, which President Mahama said includes examination fees, entertainment fees, Students Representative Council dues, Science Development Fees, Science and Math Quiz, Library, Sports, Culture, ICT and Co-curricular fees will be absorbed by the government.

The Ministry of Education has already received an amount of 12.2 million Ghana cedis in its sub-consolidated account to implementation the programmes for the first term of the academic year.

President Mahama hinted that the money will cover the cost of fees for about 320,488 day students for the first term of the 2015/2016 academic year. Out of this, 111,217 are first year students, 109,731 are second year students and 99,753 are made up of third year students.

Also, approval and funds have been given the Ministry to employ 9,300 new teachers for the new CDSHSs

Government will continue to provide text books, tuition fees, science resource centres, science laboratories, and computers outside the progressively free budget.

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister for Education, noted that the two complementary initiatives in the secondary education sub-sector demonstrate the Government’s commitment to make secondary education accessible and equitable.

She said progress in expanding access can be seen in the increase at the SHS from 556 in 2004 to 650 in 2015, and gross enrolment ratio is now at 40 per cent.

The programme, according to the Minister, focuses on easing cost barriers to facilitate access and participation in secondary education for all prospective students.

By the constitutional provision, the programme is structured to be progressive, thus absorbing identified fees items for all day students who are not on any other scholarships in the 2015/16 academic year, she said.

The PFSHS programme will be expanded to cover boarding students who require similar support in the 2016/17 academic year.

President Mahama cut the tape to commission the school and presented a dummy cheque to the Minister to kick start the programme.

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