In honouring one of his core election promises, the newly elected president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has launched a new programme of free secondary school education in the country. The aim of the programme is to drastically reduce the number of school dropouts amongst children – especially amongst those with poor parents, who cannot afford the high costs of education.
Presently, Primary school education is free in Ghana; with the new programme, it is expected that 400,000 new students entering secondary school this year will benefit from the ambitious project, which includes free textbooks, meals amongst others.
Although many have praised the free secondary school education programme, others are worried that the project will lead to a serious financial drain on the State budget. The financial anaemia, they argue, will eventually cause academic deterioration.
Regardless, one must not only applaud President Nana Akufo-Addo’s zeal and praise him for keeping to his promise, every patriotic Ghanaian must take all necessary steps to support the president and make the ambitious programme a success. After all, children are our leaders of tomorrow.