President Mahama selects 50 schools to be expanded out of 300 schools to benefit from the public school expansion programme
President Mahama has commenced expansion on senior high schools under the Public School Expansion Programme. The President made this announcement during the inauguration of the new Nchumuruman Community Day Senior High at Chinderi in the Krachi-Nchumuru District of the Volta Region.
President Mahama selects 50 schools to be expanded out of the 300 schools to benefit from the Public School Expansion Programme. These would be the first 50 senior high schools under the phase one of the Public School Expansion Programme. The programme will make for the provision of admission slots to a total of 5,520 students across the country.
According to reports, the Nchumuruman Community Day Senior High School makes it about five schools inaugurated so far out of the 100 schools that are still under construction. With the new school block, its goodbye to the old, deteriorated school which has been around for so long.
According to the President, the public school expansion programme would provide ”new classroom blocks in 298 schools, new dinning halls in 18 of the schools, while 159 schools would also be provided with new dormitory blocks”. The schools would also be provided with learning facilities like, libraries, science laboratories, computer units, etc.
President Mahama said the Ministry of Education would strengthen its monitoring system to ensure that all schools that are under construction are completed on schedule. During the inauguration, the minister for education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, urged parents to allow their children go to school. She frowned at the issue of withdrawal of girls from schools for marriage. She said that such acts will affect the girls’ mindset towards education hence, disrupting government’s effort to curb marginalization of the girl child.
Mahama also implored the education ministry to join government in surveying and monitoring the process to ensure that all schools that are under construction are completed in time.