The Minister of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang says a recent national survey has revealed that there are more children than adult Ghanaians.
This then requires that more formal educational facilities are provided by the state to increase access to education particularly at the basic and second cycle levels.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Nkwanta Community Day Senior High School in the Volta region, Professor Opoku Agyemang explained that the construction of the Community Day Senior High schools across the country is therefore part of government’s measures to create the room for many more Junior High School graduates who could not have continued their formal education, to remain in school, at least to the secondary school stage.
The Minister noted that even though some people are criticisizing the 38 Ghana Cedi government subsidy in line with its progressively free secondary education, the amount means a lot for especially parents and guardians in difficult economic circumstances who therefore very much appreciate the intervention.
The policy, Professor Opoku Agyemang disclosed is being well targeted at students from truly poor homes to make it meaningful.
For this reason, she explained, students who are already benefitting from various scholarship schemes will not enjoy the new subsidy.
The Education Minister repeated her earlier warning to heads of public schools to adhere strictly to the Ghana Education Service-approved school fees.
Those who flout this directive, she insisted, will be dealt with according to the regulations of the Service and urged influential members of the society to stop interfering when sanctions are being applied against such deviant school heads.
Professor Opoku Agyemang advised the first batch of students of the Community Day Senior High Schools to take advantage of the opportunity to learn very hard to achieve the best of academic results.
To this end, they should stay away from bad practices such as pre-marital sex that can lead them to teen age pregnancies and school dropout.