Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin says Ghanaians are grateful to President of Akufo Addo for the introduction of the Free Senior High School Policy.
According to the Overlord of Akyem Abuakwa, this is a demonstration of the President’s commitment to providing equal opportunity to all Ghanaian children to have access to quality education.
Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin said this in his address at a durbar at the forecourt of Ofori Panin Fie in Kyebi in honor of the Right Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago-Dr. Christopher Keith Rowley.
“For our part as Ghanaians, we are grateful to President Akufo-Addo for living up to his promise of Free Secondary Education. Today every single child in every public high school in Ghana has free education. And, not only that, nearly 800,000 of them are boarders, who also enjoy free education”
“This is a demonstration of our leader’s commitment to ensuring quality and accessible education to every child, no matter who you are and where you come from. We will continue to urge you, the political leaders of our two countries to continue investing the revenues from our mineral resources in improving the quality of life of the people, through education, health, and infrastructure.”
According to Okyenhene “the real wealth of a nation is her people and the future lies in the education, skills, and values that society passes on to the young people on whose backs and minds the pillars of national progress, unity and development are to be built. The needs of the education for our youth cannot be postponed, de-prioritized or relegated”
He said “Trinidad and Tobago can boast of being one of the most educated countries in the world, with a literacy level nearing 100%” due to Free Education Policy it introduced many years ago. “Mr. Prime Minister, indeed, your country leads in providing free and quality education, made possible because of the investment choices of the leaders. In Trinidad, education in primary and secondary schools are free; university education, including medical school, is mainly free. The quality of your graduates is also as good as anywhere else in the world”.
Okyenhene used the opportunity “to seek some academic collaboration between our own, University College of Environment and Agriculture established here, at Bonsu, by this house, under my leadership, as we seek to turn this young university into a center of excellence”.