33,868 Students Benefit From Free SHS In The Upper West Region Thanks To Akufo-Addo – Regional Minister

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Upper West Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih addressing the media.

Some 33,868 students in the Upper West Region have benefited from the Government’s flagship Free Senior High School programme Regional Minister, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih has said.

He made the disclosure during the State of the Region Report, a weekly media briefing platform organised by the Ministry of Information for Regional Ministers to provide an update on developments in their regions yesterday.

Dr. Salih attributed the increment in Secondary School enrolment in his region to the visionary leadership of President Akufo-Addo in making education accessible to all.

“The introduction of the Free SHS programme in 2017 saw all 35 public SHS/SHTS/TVET Schools in the region being enrolled onto the programme. So far, the programme has benefited 33,868 students in the region,” he said.

He said though the region was faced with the challenge of inadequate infrastructure when the programme was first introduced in 2017, the Government through the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) has completed 33 new educational projects, with 11 facilities being constructed in different areas within the region.

“In addition, from 2017 to date, the GETFund has completed 33 new infrastructural facilities, and 11 new facilities is in progress. These projects include dormitories, classrooms, Science Laboratories, Administrative Blocks, Accommodation etc,” he added.

 The Regional Minister said strenuous efforts were being made to complete a further 52 stalled GETFund projects in the region.

These projects he said included some critical infrastructure including the Hilla Limann Technical University, some Senior High Schools and Basic Schools across the region.

The Minister in a group photograph with the Deputy Minister for Information, Fatima Abubakar and some members of the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council

Source: MOI (PR Unit)

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