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Govt will spend on children’s education – Dr. Opoku Prempeh


The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has acknowledged the herculean task of rolling out the free senior high school (SHS) education policy, he, however, said the government would ensure that every Ghanaian child benefits.

“We know that it is daunting, but we have chosen the side of the Ghanaian child to be educated, confident, a life-long learner to be able to participate in global affairs. We will welcome support from everybody,” he said.

While not discounting external support, he said the government was going to find a way to implement the policy, adding, “it is a journey that is rough but we will trek and come out victorious.”

He made the remarks when the Finish Ambassador to Nigeria, with oversight responsibility for Ghana, H.E. Madam Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, paid a courtesy call on him in Accra.

Dr. Prempeh noted that Free SHS was a  campaign promise of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2012 and 2016 general elections and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has shown his commitment to the policy when he announced that his government would begin the implementation in September this year.

 The free public SHS education, he said, was aimed at building an educated populace for speedy national development and progress.

H.E. Suomela-Chowdhury, on her part said the Finish government would continue to support Ghana in girl-child education in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

She announced that the Finish government was beginning an ICT coding workshop in Accra for the youth in African countries. The Ambassador emphasized that girls would be encouraged to participate in the workshop.

This, she said, was to jointly handle by both Finish and Ghanaian technical personnel.

She added that her government was committed to cooperating with Ghana in the training of teachers, describing that as an important aspect of the development of any country.


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