Two Ministers have toured some Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the northern and southern parts of the Western region to assess the implementation of the Free Senior High School programme.


They are the Western Regional Minister, Hon. Dr Kwaku Afriyie and Hon. Joe Ghartey, Minister for Railway Development.


The Regional Minister visited eleven (11) Schools in seven (7) Districts, namely Asankragwa SHS and Asankragwa Secondary Technical School in Wassa Amenfi West, Bekwai SHS and Queens SHS in Bibiani Ahwiaso Bekwai, Sefwi Wiawso SHS and Sefwi Wiawso Secondary Technical School in the Sefwi Wiawso Municipality, Bia Secondary Technical and Adjofua Community Day School in Bia West, Juaboso SHS, Bodi SHS and the Akontombra Secondary Technical in the Akontombra District.


In his assessment, Dr Afriyie said contrary to the belief he had prior to embarking on the visit, implementation of the policy was going on smoothly, notwithstanding some challenges that, he said, had long existed, but overlooked by the education managers.


He said there were common challenges faced by the Schools visited which included lack of staff accommodation, Assembly halls, Science laboratories and abandoned classrooms and dormitories under construction.


He said per the statistics that were made available by the head teachers, enrollment in the schools visited had tremendously improved as compared to the previous years in spite of all the constraints and challenges.


Dr Afriyie commended GES, head teachers and their staff for the excellent job done so far and proposed that the various District Assemblies and traditional authorities enact laws that would compel parents to send their wards to school and apply strict sanctions if any parent flouted the rules, adding that a well-educated population in the rural areas will bring massive development and better livelihood to them.


Hon. Ghartey Hon. Joe Ghartey visited four (4) schools in STMA and one in the Wassa East district. The schools are GSTS, Archbishop Porter Girls school, Adiembra SHS and Daboase SHS.


He admonished students to be disciplined and learn hard to give credence to the free SHS programnme.


Among the entourage were the Deputy Regional Minister, Mrs Gifty Eugenia Kusi, MMDCE’s, Regional Director of Education, Mrs Enyonam Amefugah, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Directors of Education and some Technocrats of the Western Regional Coordinating Council and GES.



Source: ISD (Fredrick Senu-Richards)