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Government Secures $40m From World Bank To Support Free SHS

The government of Ghana, under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP) has negotiated an additional $40m from the World Bank to support the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy, the Minister of Education has said.

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh said this in a speech read on his behalf at the 68th Speech and Prize Giving Day of St. Mary’s Senior High School in Accra.

He said the amount received from the World Bank will be used to upgrade facilities in 75 SHS’s in the country, adding that, the government is “continuing with physical works on the existing Community Day Schools in the country.”
Dr Opoku said the Free SHS had increased enrollment at the Secondary level hence the need for government to invest in infrastructure.

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Klo-Agogo students ‘packed like sardines’ in dormitories

As part of an ongoing campaign by Joy News to highlight issues in the implementation of the free SHS programme, the spotlight falls on Klo-Agogo Senior High School, where dormitories are overcrowded.

Students are forced to roll out their mattresses on the floor due to unavailable beds.

A bed meant to accommodate one student now squeaks to the weight of two or more students huddling to get a night’s sleep.

The free SHS policy that begun in September this year increased school enrollment in all Senior High Schools across the country, bringing untold difficulties on school administrators due partly to what many analysts say is the result of an in exhaustive planning process.

The school administrators, many of them overwhelmed by the numbers, are currently ensuring the smooth running of the program in spite of the challenges.

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