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EDUCATION

No Public University Student Will Pay Utility Bills Next Academic Year — Napo

The Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has announced that Public University Students have been exempted from utility bills from the next academic year.

According to him, this decision by government to absorb the utility bills is to lessen the financial burden on students and increase access to tertiary education. Dr. Opoku Prempeh, made this known while speaking at the third edition of the Nation Building Updates in Accra on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

He said if the ruling government is reelected, a tertiary student would only need his or her Ghana Card to secure a student’s loan. There will be no need for a guarantor.

The event was held on the theme, “Investing in Education, Investing in the Future,” which allows the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to provide detailed accounts of their stewardship.

The Minister stated that the Akufo-Addo led government since 2017 had initiated 719 infrastructure projects at the basic education sector and completed 252 of them.

They included two- unit classroom blocks for the Kindergarten, three-unit, six-unit, 12-unit and 18-unit classroom blocks for primary and junior high schools.

At the secondary education level, he said, government had initiated 1,011 infrastructure projects and completed 492 of them.

They included classroom blocks, dormitories, libraries, water systems and toilet facilities.

Dr Opoku Prempeh stated that, $800 million had been invested in education infrastructural development at the secondary education sector.

The investment went into new physical infrastructure, upgrading of facilities, new equipment, retooling and capacity building of teachers in competency-based curricula.

Dr Opoku Prempeh announced that Akufo-Addo’s government would construct the first-ever Creative Arts secondary schools as model SHSs to enable students interested in honing their music, dance and oratory skills to do so.

Source: HonestyNewsGh.com