President John Dramani Mahama has promised Ghanaians to complete the 200 community day schools during his next term in office.
Admitting that he cannot complete all the 200 community day schools and hoping to be retained after this years election, he promised Ghanaians to complete the rest should he be retained in order to accomplish his vision especially in the education sector.
He said 123 schools were under construction but claimed that he could not complete all of them before the December 7 general election, confirming skeptics’ perception on the grandiose promise.
“In my next term of office, by the grace of God, we will complete all the 200 new senior high schools that I promised. As I said, currently, 123 are under construction, and that means that the Central Region will receive additional secondary schools among the remaining over 70 schools that we shall build,” he stated.
President Mahama made this known during the inauguration of the Abodoman Community Day Senior High School in the Agona East District of the Central Region yesterday.
The school forms part of the 200 community day schools that President Mahama promised to establish during his four-year term in office.
The Mahama-led government had completed and commissioned less than 25 out of the 200 community day SHSs it promised and the World Bank was sponsoring 23 of the 200 school project with the rest being financed by the Government of Ghana, as at June.
President Mahama said in Agona East that the academic year was about to start and that the inauguration of the school would benefit a lot of people in and around the community.
He, therefore, called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to start admitting students in all the completed schools so that more children could get access to education.
President Mahama hinted that the region would receive additional community day school in addition to the ones in the 14 districts.
He mentioned the 14 districts which have benefited from the programme as Ekumfi, Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) Denkyira West and East, Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abram (KEEA) Municipality, Mfantseman Municipality, Gomoa East, Awutu Senya West, Effutu, Ajumako-Enyan-Essaim (AEE) District, Hemang-Lower-Denkyira and Twifo Atti Morkwa.
He disclosed that plans were underway for the extension of the ‘progressively free policy’ to cover 120,000 boarding students.