Double track system will address challenges of free SHS

The Vice President, Dr.Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated government’s commitment to deliver in meeting the aspirations of the people in terms of socio-economic transformation.

 

He affirmed that, the future under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was bright and said that, the government was determined to stay on course to achieve the vision set forward.

 

Dr. Bawumia was speaking at this year’s Fetu Afahye of the chiefs and people of the Oguaa araditional area at Cape Coast over the weekend.

 

The festival was on the theme: ‘Restoration of our heritage: A key to tourism and development.’

 

Dr. Bawumia mentioned that, the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy was an initiative the government was ready to support in full due to its benefit to parents, students and the nation in general.

 

He noted that, students who were not enrolling to pursue SHS education due to financial constraint would be able to go to school.

 

The Vice President further said that, the initiative would help promote higher literacy in the country.

 

He explained that, the implementation of the double track system was to address the challenge of space to accommodate the high numbers of students in the various SHSs and urged Ghanaians to support the initiative.

 

The government, Dr. Bawumia explained, would work towards infrastructural development in the nation’s secondary as well as vocational and technical schools.

 

He further said that with the implementation of various policies of the current administration, the nation was poised to witness growth in various sectors of the economy.

 

He said that, the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) which seeks to engage 100,000 graduates on different modules would take off this month.

 

Each constituency, he said, would at least have 350 graduates with the various modules namely: Heal Ghana, Enterprise Ghana, Civic Ghana, Revenue Ghana, Digital Ghana, Feed Ghana and Teach Ghana.

Touching on the development and promotion of tourism, the Vice President indicated that travel and tourism despite its tremendous work was not contributing to the nation’s growth as it should.

 

Dr. Bawumia urged the organisers of Fetu Afahye to take stock and position the festival as one of the prominent festivals in the country.

 

On the economy, he said, government was determined to make it one of the resilient economies in the world and said, even though, the current administration inherited an economy with high deficit of over nine per cent, the figure had been brought down to 5.9 per cent coupled with a reduction of inflation to a single digit.

 

The paramount Chief of the Oguaa traditional area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, in an address, commended the government for the various interventions being put in place to facilitate the nation’s development.

 

He called for extensive education on the double track system to ensure access for every student who qualified and said that the introduction of the Free SHS policy was a very good initiative.

 

The paramount chief appealed to the government to ensure that qualified students from the Cape Coast metropolis are placed in their qualified schools within the metropolis.

 

Touching on the One-District-One-Factory initiative, he said, the traditional authorities had made land available to support the initiative.

 

Osaberima Atta II urged residents of the area to stop open defecation along the beaches and in the gutters.

 

He expressed concern about the level of teenage pregnancies in the town and urged parents to help address the problem.

FROM DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH, CAPE COAST

 

 

 

 

 

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