The Deputy Minister of Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, on Wednesday paid an unannounced visit to St John’s Grammar Senior High School (SHS), to check on ongoing enrolment of fresh students.
He also inspected the newly completed Girls Dormitory school, the quantity of food at the school’s stores and assessed measures being put in place by management of the school, to guarantee the comfort of the fresh students.
After expressing satisfaction with the quantity of food items in stock, the deputy minister had lunch with the students.
Rev. Fordjour in an interview with the Ghanaian Times, gave the assurance that the government would provide the school with the needed logistics and resources, including beds for the new dormitory, to enhance teaching and learning.
He said by the end of the ongoing SHS enrolment, some 2.2 million students would have benefited from the government’s Free SHS and TVET Programme, since its inception in 2017.
Rev. Fordjourstated that “It is believed that, government’s commitment to invest in the education of our children is unwavering. Free SHS/TVET policy has made it possible for the child of the poor and the child of the rich to all access quality secondary education”.
He said between 2017 and 2022, the government had initiated not less than 1,132 infrastructural projects in second cycle institutions across the country.
“Out of this number, some 734 have since been completed and handed over. The rest are at various stages of completion and we are poised to ensure their timely completion,” Rev. Fordjour said.
Dr Edmund Fianu, Headmaster of St John’s Grammar SHS, said the school was expecting more students to report in the coming days, adding that there was adequate food in stock to cater for all the students for the entire semester.
He said the school needed at least 150 beds to accommodate students in the new girls’ dormitory.
BY BENEDICTA GYIMAAH FOLLEY