The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has disclosed that plans are underway to solve the infrastructural challenges in various universities throughout the country to increase the annual enrolment of students.
President Akufo-Addo proclaimed this in his encounter with a delegation of chiefs from Bonaboto in the Upper East Region at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday.
The project was in expectation of more students graduating from the Senior High Schools (SHS) beginning this year due to the introduction of the Free SHS policy which has admitted almost all BECE graduates into SHS for 3 years now.
The policy which came to reality in 2017 reportedly increased high school enrollment of students by 180,000 over the previous year.
According to the Free SHS Secretariat, about 1.2 million Ghanaian students are currently in various Senior High Schools across the country. The first batch of students under the policy was expected to complete this year.
To enable universities to admit more students from the SHS this year, the Ministry of Education was making arrangements for special funding to address the capacity challenges.
“The ministry is currently negotiating special funding under the GETfund to deal with the infrastructural matters in all the tertiary universities in the country,” Akufo-Addo said.
The President specified that the infrastructural capacity of the polytechnics that had been turned into technical universities would be enhanced to enable them to increase enrollment as well.
“The special funding is almost complete and it is intended to address the capacity issues in the various universities,” he added.
He said the unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus has slowed down the project because the financing of the project involved having relations and engagements with China and the Synohydro Corporation.
His excellency further announced plans by the government to convert the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital into a Teaching Hospital for the training of doctors.
The Tong-Raana Kugbilsong Nalebtang Robert Mosore, Paramount Chief of Talensi Traditional Area, who led the delegation, applauded the President for his proactive leadership.
“Leaders have fallen short in protecting their citizens in the wake of the COVID-19. Your proactive leadership has saved the lives of Ghanaians and you really deserve commendation,” he said.
The Paramount Chief expressed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo for the development project in the Bonaboto area over the past three years including the US$1 billion Pwalugu Dam, assistance to farmers through the Planting for Food and Jobs, among others.
Source: Ghanaian Times