President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has noted that the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme will not be cancelled.
He said the ravaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine invasion on the world economy would not deter the government from providing free quality education at the basic and secondary school levels.
“Government will continue to intervene and remain responsible for the provision of free, quality basic and secondary education for all. Education should be a right for all of Ghana’s youth. Education is the equalizer for opportunities. I want every child to be in school not only for what they learn in the books but also for their life experiences,” he noted.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary grand durbar of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, the President said the government had identified education as an “equaliser of opportunities”, hence would continue to channel resources into the sector to ensure the effective training of the Ghanaian child.
He lauded UHAS for its tremendous development, 10 years after establishment, rubbing shoulders with the traditional universities in Ghana and across the globe.
President Akufo-Addo also commended the outgoing Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the university for their Efforts in steering the affairs of the institution, and charged the incoming officers to continue to build upon the works of their predecessors.
UHAS is pursuing aggressively the realisation of its agenda of becoming our nation’s pre-eminent health learning and teaching institution, dedicated to research and community service.
He announced that government would make available GhC6.2 million to finance the extension of utilities to the various campuses of the University, which is solely vested in the training of health professionals.
“As a demonstration of our commitment to this project, government has made available GH¢6.2 million of counterpart funding for the preliminary works, which covers the extension of electricity, municipal water supply, construction of storm and waste drains, and all ancillary services required for the project implementation.
“Eight months on, I am happy to note that the Phase II Project, which will accommodate the Central Administration of the University and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is progressing steadily according to schedule. Some 36.3 percent of work has been completed, and, at this rate, I am convinced that work will be completed on time,” he added.