Govt to Spend 1.9 Billion On Free S H S – Education Minister

The Hon Minister of Education , Dr. Yaw Adutwum has revealed that the Government under His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo will spend a whopping 1,974,210 million Ghana cedis on it’s flagship Free Senior High School program in the 2021/2022 academic year. Giving the break down at a media briefing in Accra at his turn on Meet The Press, he indicated that , In the year 2017, the government gave out 480 million gh cedis ; 1.137 billion in 2018 ; 1.682,641 billion cedis in 2019. However as a result of Covid 19 outbreak he has only 2.429,257 million 2020 but figures are still being compiled to give out real expenditure in that year . In all the sum total of FSHS expenditure for the five years works up to 7.7 billion gh cedis.
He opined that the cost of education cannot be compared to the benefits that will accrue to the nation in future and argued that nation’s that started the free SHS program passed through similar experience of high cost but reaped big dividends . He added that countries with high education rate turn to develop very fast than those without education and called on Ghanaians to embrace the president’s determination to develop the country through education and he’s determined to see to it that pragmatic efforts would be put in place to reach out to a lot more Ghanaians to be educated. He disclosed that any body below age forty has the opportunity to go to school through a program the ministry is putting in place. He referred to countries like Canada, South Korea and Vietnam that has higher graduate ratio than Ghana. For instance South Korea has 96.5 % of graduate ,same as Canada with Vietnam producing 10000 engineers annually but Ghan produces only 6500 engineers a year instead of 19000 per annum with respect to our population. He further stated that even Mauritius has 40 of it’s population as graduates but Ghana has only 18.8 % as graduates.. He postulated that Ghana needs about 40000 to 50000 graduates per annum because that is the only way we can move up faster. The minister said there are plans to situate Ghana as the Hub Of Education In Africa and that the president has charged him to actualise that big dream of the president. He further disclosed that this dream is to be realized through ; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM) and Vocational Education as being done in Germany and Japan . Some Yen new schools are being built in ten regions of Ghana and would be replicated in all the regions of Ghana. The STEM education is curriculum based interdisciplinary and integrated approach teaching and learning based on four specific area of the subject areas. He told journalists that this is a cohesive learning paradigm based on real world application to let student feel and see real objects and tools for practical purposes. It is assumed that STEM curriculum education is an avenue for real critical thinking to breed innovators to create and lead new order for economic development of out country. Stem brings on its wake seven components : Academic Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Communication , Collaboration, Data Literacy, Digital Literacy and Computer Science.

Credit:Nana Opoku /