General News of 2014-02-25

Mahama to start free secondary education programme

President John Dramani Mahama has announced the preparation of government to implement a free secondary education programme which is part of the national education policy of Ghana.
Delivering the state of the Nation address in parliament today, the president said following a consultation with stakeholders, cabinet is yet to receive a road map to introduce a continuous free secondary education which would reduce the burden on parents as spell out by the 1992 Constitution.
The president said government is looking to rationalize senior high school fees and advised parents to report heads of high school institutions who charge more than the approved fees.
Addressing the campaign promise of building 200 community based schools to ease the burden on the existing ones, the president said architectural drawings et.al are complete and that the construction of the first batch of schools would commence on March 3.
This is the second State of the Nation Address President John Dramani Mahama is delivering before parliament since he took office in January 2013.
The address which was originally slated for Thursday, February 20, 2014 was rescheduled to today.