The President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo today 12th September 2017 officially launched the Free Senior High School Policy at the West Africa Senior High School in Accra.
The policy is part of government’s effort of creating a society of opportunities and empowerment for every citizen and also lifting the financial burden off parents.
Speaking at the colourful event, Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that he made the policy the focal point of his government because he wanted to bridge the gab between the rich and the poor in terms acquiring knowledge.
Making reference to some developed countries that have effectively and successfully implemented similar policies, the President said all those countries made education the pivot of their progress and development.
He added that he is sure those countries initially had challenges during the implementation of such public funding of education but their gamble and persistence eventually paid off.
“Because I know that knowledge and talent are not for the rich and privileged alone and that free education widens the gates of opportunities to every child, especially those whose talents are arrested because of poverty.
“It must have been a daunting prospect at the time – paying for the education of so many children, for such an extended period of time out of limited public resources, transferring a potential workforce away from immediate productivity for an investment like schooling. But the experiment paid off.”