According to Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, the government has spent about GH¢8.4 billion on the Free Senior High School [SHS] program, which is the cornerstone of the nation’s educational advancement. The program was launched in 2017 when His Excellency Nana Adda Dankwah Akkuffo-Addo assumed office as president of Ghana.
Over the previous seven years, about 5.7 million Ghanaians have been able to receive a high-quality high school education because of the investment, as stated by the Finance Minister.
Furthermore, GH¢3.6 billion has been committed by the government to the School Feeding Program [SFP] in an effort to improve basic education outcomes and enrollment. Additionally, he said that GH¢248.5 million was used for the Capitation Grants, which helped over six million students receive a foundational education.
In addition, Ken Ofori-Atta gave some insights into the educational initiatives in the year under review. He stated that 448,000 first-year SHS students were registered in the program for support, making 1.3 million students the overall beneficiaries for the 2022–2023 academic year.
He mentioned that the government had spent over GH¢740 million under the SFP to feed 3.8 million students, guaranteeing a hot meal every day in more than 10,000 public basic schools.
Source: 1Family Radio