Gov’t denies 50 SHS school promise

okudzetoDeputy Education Minister says government never promised to build 50 community Senior High School (SHS) schools every year.

Rather, the Deputy Minister said what they promised in 2012 was to build 200 SHS schools by the end of 2016.

“We honestly do not know where this is coming from; if we secure funding for all 200 why do we have to wait to be doing 50 every year?

As part of efforts to improve access, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the round up to the 2012 elections promised to build 200 schools, 50 in each year.

Due to this, the Finance Minister, Seth Terkper announced in Parliament while delivering the 2013 budget statement that government has allocated funding for the construction of 50 SHS schools.

This was contained in paragraph 465 of the 2013 budget statement.

But a year on, the Deputy Education Minister on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme almost swore government never made such promise.

He was convinced because government promised to build 200 schools in four years, some media analyst assumed it will build 50 every year.

Okudzeto Ablakwa said considering the 18 months construction period given to constructors, it will be impossible to build 50 schools in the year.

He however revealed the first 50 school is near completion.

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