President Mahama has made another huge promise to students which will become a reality when he is re-elected for a second tenure.
President Mahama promised that Senior High School (SHS) students will receive tablets to access e-textbooks that will be made available to them, should he be given a second tenure mandate come December
The President promised that his government will provide e-textbooks as well as tablets to access the books, for students of senior high schools by december. According to him, students will receive tablets that have all their core subjects on it, to help boost their competences in core subjects.
The President while speaking at the State Banquet Hall on Wednesday; gave a sneak preview into the 2016 Manifesto of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), ahead of its launch on Saturday in Sunyani, in the Brong Ahafo region.
Highlighting sections of the NDC manifesto, Mahama said his government will pilot the use of tablets for SHS students, among many other promises. According to him, if the pilot is successful, he will expand the programme.
Mahama explained that the pilot programme will help improve poor external exam results of secondary schools. He said this making reference to the results of the BECE and WASSCE, where most students fail in core subjects like English, Mathematics, and Science.
He also said that if given a second term mandate, his government will employ more teachers for the core areas and ensure they are well compensated, to give the students exactly what they need.
President Mahama added that his government will complete all the 200 promised Community Day Senior High Schools in his second term, as 123 are at different stages of completion.
He indicated that his government has achieved 97% enrollment of pupils into basic schools across the country, as well as assured that more will be done to improve the education sector, if he is retained as President.
The President has issued a lot of promises in the course of his campaign. This includes his promise to give each household in the Abura community one metre, as well as the possibility of a free tertiary education.