Free SHS will cover 1st-year TVET school students – Nana Addo



President Akufo-Addo as part of his efforts to ensure 2021 successful BECE students benefit from the free secondary school initiative says first-year public TVET school students will be covered under the Free SHS programme.

Speaking at this year’s Independence Day awards ceremony, His Excellency said that investments in the educational sector are a key priority to his administration, thus the inclusion of government TVET institutions to Free SHS.

“Investments in education are a key priority for my government. The government intends to deepen the education of our population so as to attain our industrialisation objective.

“This means there will be increasing emphasis in our education system on science and technology education and technical and vocational training.

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“In addition to the ongoing construction of the Accra STEM Academy, the government has started the construction of 20 science, technology, engineering and mathematics centres with all 28 at various stages of completion.

“The completion of nine model senior high schools across the country is imminent. This year the government will expand the free senior high school programme to cover all first-year students in public TVET institutions,” he stated.

According to the Minister for Education, Dr Adutwum, a total of 1.39 million students this academic year are expected to benefit from the Free Senior High School and Technical Vocational and Education Training (Free SHS/TVET).

In an interview monitored by EducationWeb, the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament said the enrollment in various secondary schools will increase amid the inclusion of Technical Vocational and Education Training schools to Free SHS.

“A total of 1.39 million students are expected to benefit from the Free Senior High School and Technical Vocational and Education Training (Free SHS/TVET) in the 2022 academic year when the school placements are out,” Adutwum noted.


The Education Minister also indicated that the Government of Ghana (GoG) has built more infrastructures in some Technical schools to promote Technical and Vocational education. He said the 2022 budget will add more.

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