President Akufo-Addo has revealed that the government will recruit about 8,000 teachers to teach the increasing number of beneficiaries of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme in the country this year.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking at NPP’s annual National Delegates’ Conference at Koforidua, in the Eastern Region on Saturday (July 7, 2018).
According to President Akufo-Addo, 90,000 people benefitted from the policy in its first year and the number is expected to increase to 180,000 by September this year.
He argued that those who criticised the programme have been shamed after his government started implementing the Free SHS within eight months in political office.
“We have put skeptics and naysayers to shame by fulfilling most of our promises to Ghanaians within just one-year and eight months.”
“90,000 students benefitted from the policy in its first year and the number of the beneficiaries is expected to be doubled, increasing it to 180,000 this year. The sharp increase in the number of the beneficiaries of the positive programme has also paved way for 8,000 teachers to be recruited all over the country to teach the swelling number,” he added.
The President said that education is his top priority as head of state since the youth are the future leaders of the country.
President Akufo-Addo also noted that his administration had also enhanced the capitation grant and School Feeding Programme.
He also stated that his administration has worked hard to restore allowances of trainee teachers and nurses, among others, which have helped to improve the educational sector.