Ghanaian politician who is the current president of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has hinted that tertiary education in Ghana will soon be made free.
Speaking at the Global Education Summit which was hosted by the British Prime Minister and Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta held in London, Akufo-Addo noted that 23 per cent of Ghana’s expenses go into the Free SHS and hinted at expanding free SHS to the tertiary level.
President Akufo-Addo spoke at the Global Education Summit in the United Kingdom, praising his government’s initiatives under the Free-SHS Policy.
Akufo-Addo has stated that his administration had spent 23 per cent of the country’s budget on the program of free senior high school. He claims that the primary motive for the free SHS is to prepare Ghana’s young for a brighter future.
He also hinted at intentions to extend the Free-SHS policy to tertiary education in order to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are met in terms of access to education (SDGs).
The Global Education Summit was held on Thursday, 29th July 2021 in London and brought the global community together to support quality education for all children.
In total, $4 billion was raised at the Summit, which will provide millions of children, in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, with an opportunity of having access to education.
Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, and Togo, among others, have pledged to promote girls’ education.
Rangina Hamidi, Afghanistan’s acting education minister, delivered an emotional address on behalf of her country, which is fighting the Taliban while foreign forces depart.
“In spite of what is happening in my country today, I’m here to pledge that the government of Afghanistan will commit to the benchmark of 20 per cent to the education sector,” Hamidi said.
“We will fight for this commitment to our last breath, knowing it may take many years and a long time.”
The summit also discussed the future of education following COVID-19, as well as the need of ensuring that children in low-income nations have access to digital learning so that they are not left behind in a crisis.