8,000 more teachers for Free SHS – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said from September 2018, Government will implement the double intake system for new entrants into the country’s public Senior High Schools, which will address the growing numbers of students benefitting from the Free SHS policy.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the 2018/2019 academic year will see a 31% increase in the population of new students entering senior high school, that is 472,000 new entrants, which has resulted in a deficit of some 183,000.

Despite his government, over the course of the year, providing 96,403 mono desks, 33,171 dining hall furniture, 3,033 tables and chairs for teachers, 12,953 bunk beds, 4,335 student mattresses and 5,135 computer laboratory chairs to address the infrastructural deficit, he explained that, it has not been enough to address all issues of infrastructure.

He continued, “We are doing it by, first of all, expanding the numbers of teachers. We are recruiting over 8,000 more teachers for the secondary schools this year than we had last year, and then we are going to employ a double track school calendar system.” The double track system, the President said, will create room to accommodate the increase in enrolment.

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