The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) has secured $500 million dollars to build schools and expand existing ones for the government’s free Senior High School policy, President Nana Akufo-Addo, has announced.
“The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) has secured a $500 million facility for the construction of new schools, and the expansion of infrastructure in existing ones, to help cope with the rising numbers” of students in SHSs due to the free secondary education policy which saw 90,000 more students enrol last year and 180,000 this year, the president, who is on a four-day tour of the Central Region, said.
According to the president, the double-track senior high school system introduced to absorb the spike in students, will not collapse Ghana’s education system as being claimed by the “professional Jeremiahs”.
In the Jewish and Christian religions, Jeremiah was a Hebrew prophet who said that Jerusalem would be defeated and that God would become angry with the Jews and punish them. His name has become synonymous to doomsayers. The Longman Dictionary, for instance defines a Jeremiah as a pessimistic person, who always says that bad things are going to happen.
The double-track system, instead, “will not destroy our education system as the professional Jeremiahs would want you to believe”, the president noted.
On the contrary, he said, “This system will reduce class sizes, it will increase contact hours between teachers and students as well as increase the number of holidays”.
Nana Akufo-Addo admitted that: “Every new initiative that is rolled out will experience hitches and challenges, however, I’m inspired by the famous Chinese adage which says: ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step’.
“We have taken that first step in Ghana and we shall deal with the challenges.
“Today, any young boy from any part of the country who applies himself diligently in spite of his circumstances, can dream of also becoming an Odadee” – the revered moniker for old students of one of Ghana best schools, Presbyterian Secondary School, Legon (PRESEC).