Nana Akufo – Addo has hinted of a new law that will ensure that every child of school age gets access to education, at least up to senior high school (SHS).
The law, which is apparently to protect the free SHS policy will also compel parents not to impede any eligible child from gaining success to education.
The President gave the hint when he addressed a durbar of the chiefs and people of Beposo in the Sekyere Central District in the Ashanti Region last Saturday on the second leg of his five-day tour of the Ashanti Region.
He, However, did not give details of the intended law and when it would be submitted to Parliament for promulgation but stressed that the free SHS policy had come to stay and that “critics of the policy have been put to shame”.
As part of the five-day tour, President Akufo Addo will visit the Manhyia South, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Bosomtwe, Bantama and Sekyere Central constituencies.
The other areas would be Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, Mampong, Subin, Ahafo-Ano South, Kwadaso, Atwiman Kwanwoma and Oforikrom constituencies.
Last Friday, he cut the sod for a facelift of major roads in Kumasi to ease traffic, promote business and reduce flooding.
Speaking at the durbar at Beposo, President Akufo-Addo said the government did not want a situation where Ghanaian schoolchildren would become dropouts.
He said by ensuring that every Ghanaian child received SHS education, the government would be able to address the challenge of youth unemployment.
“Very soon we will pass legislation that stipulates that every child in Ghana should go to school up to SHS, at least. We don’t want dropouts.
This way, everyone can find meaningful employment in this country,” he said.