Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Deputy Minister of Education, says at least 70 more out of the 200 Community Day Senior High Schools the government promised would be completed and ready for use before December this year.
According to him, most of the projects are at the completion stage and would soon be ready for use.
He told The Ghanaian Times after the inauguration of the 10th Community Day SHS at Agona Abodom in the Central Region on Monday by President John Mahama, that the contractors were actively working on all the projects.
“From what the consultants are telling us and what we have seen from our rounds and our monitoring and those that are ready for commissioning, conservatively I can tell you that not less than 70 will be ready,” Mr. Ablakwa said.
A total of 123 of the Community Day SHS projects are on contract out of which 10 have been completed.
The Community Day SHSs are being built as part of the government’s promise to improve access to secondary education and to implement a progressively free Senior High School policy.
At the commissioning of the 10th project, President Mahama announced that all the 200 schools would not be ready by the end of this year, adding that the full complement would be delivered in 2017.
The Community Day SHS project seeks to expand capacity of secondary education to enroll the increasing number of students from the basic schools, and it is to help in making secondary education physically accessible especially in underserved communities.
When all the 200 schools are completed, the number of public SHSs would be increased from 854 to 1,054, representing 23 per cent increase, while the capacity of secondary education would be increased by 240,000 seats and 9,300 teachers.
By Edmund Mingle