Ho holds town hall meeting

Mr Pius Hadzide  speaking to the participants

Mr Pius Hadzide speaking to the participants

THE free SHS Policy does not prevent parents from sending their children to private schools, Mr Pius Enam Hadzide, Deputy Minister of Information has stated.

He said at a town hall meeting in Ho on Wednesday that the policy was meant to make second cycle education accessible to all and sundry without stressing out the pockets of parents and guardians.

“So those who can send their children to private institutions and pay fees are free to do so,” he maintained.

The meeting was organised jointly by the municipal assembly and the Information Services Department (ISD) to update the public on the government’s development programmes.

The deputy information minister said that the smooth implementation of the free SHS agenda bore ample testimony of government’s unflinching stance to fulfil its campaign promises.

He said that President Akufo-Addo’s achievements on the ground, less than two years after taking office, held bright development prospects for the country.

“So let us be objective and constructive in assessing him, since the President has not even done half of his tenure in office yet,” Mr Hadzide told the gathering in Ewe.

According to him, some parents who had realised the credibility of the free SHS policy were now trooping to the private schools to withdraw their children for re-enrolment in public schools.

Mr Hadzide professed that government’s development focus, when pursued with diligence would raise Ghana to the standard of Malaysia in two decades.

Earlier, Mr John Nelson Akorli, Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said that the numerous ongoing development projects in the area justified the decision by Ghanaians to elect the NPP into power.

In the area of Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP), he said that the Regional Model School, Ho, Shia Senior High School and the Ho Polyclinic had each been provided with a 12-seater institutional toilet with boreholes and solar pumps, while Matse Dzokpe M/A Basic School and the communities of Nyive and Hodzo-Amavenu had benefitted from boreholes fitted with solar pumps.

The MCE mentioned a weighing shed at Atikpui, a culvert at Sokode-Gbogame, a six-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Matse E.P. Basic School as some of the jobs completed under the municipal assembly projects.

Meanwhile, Mr Akorli revealed that 776 NaBCo personnel had been posted to the Ho Municipality, while the Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development and the One-District-One-Factory agenda were at various stages of implementation in the municipality.

The Municipal Assembly had earlier held town hall meetings at Shia, Klave, Hoe, Tokokoe and Tanyigbe

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO

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