Mahama pledges inclusion og private secondary schools on free SHS programme

Former Ghanaian President ans flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama

Mahama pledges inclusion og private secondary schools on free SHS programme

Ahead of forthcoming Presidential election, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has underscored the importance of private schools, assuring that his government will enter into partnership towards provision of quality education for Ghanaian children.

Mahama spoke during the launch of the 2024 annual week celebration of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools, lauded the contributions of private schools to the educational sector over the years.

Mahama described them as trailblazers and pace setters who introduced new teaching techniques and procedures into the Ghana education system.

Global Times Nigeria reports that the former president noted the Montessori curriculum as an example, adding that it was first introduced by private schools before some public schools replicated the methods to boost teaching and learning.

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Mahama, will be leading the NDC to the December presidential and parliamentary elections, further stated that private schools are more effective in handling special children because of their teacher-to-pupil ratio.

He explained that public schools have high numbers, making it challenging for teachers to attend to all children, especially those with special needs.

Private schools, he noted, are therefore crucial to the education sector.

Mahama assured the association of private schools that an NDC government would prioritise education and bring together all stakeholders in the industry to review the entire education structure, from the basic to the tertiary level.

He stated that his government will, starting in 2025, invest heavily in basic education to ensure a strong foundation for the education sector.

Regarding secondary education, the NDC leader promised to include private secondary schools in the free SHS programme, as many of them have the necessary infrastructure and human resources to support the programme.

Former Ghanaian President ans flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama
Former Ghanaian President ans flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama

Mahama referred to a recent Edu-Watch report highlighting the burden still shared by parents and the government at the secondary education level, with parents still bearing about 77% of the cost of educating their children despite implementing the free SHS policy.

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