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Over 9,481 Student’s Benefits from Free SHS in Asuogyaman District

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, Samuel Kwame Agyekum has disclosed that over 9,481 students have benefited from the flagship free SHS program implemented by the Akufo-Addo’s led government in his area.

He said that before the implementation of the free SHS program 6,463 students could have access to secondary education but says with the implementation of the flagship free SHS program over 9,481 students have got the opportunity to SHS, representing 68.2% increment.

According to him, the free SHS program has enhanced access to education to the poor in the Assembly, saying it is a big relief to parents and students not only in the district but the entire country. 

The DCE added that the performance of students in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) improved from 67.9% in 2017 to 73.1% in the 2018 academic year with a regional ranking from 17th position in 2017 to 10th position in 2018.

He said through government intervention programs, the District Scholarship Review Committees (DSRC) approved eighty (80) applicants to be given scholarships in the district, where forty-nine (49) applicants were granted scholarships for various fields of study amounting to sixty-Eight Thousand Six Hundred and Sixty-Six (GHC68,666). 

He made these remarks when he addressed the Assembly's first Meet the Press Series at Atimpoku, in the Eastern Region.

Giving an overview of the Assembly's performance over the last two and half years under Nana Akuffo Addo's government, the DCE said under government's one constituency, one-million-dollar policy, about twenty-seater modern toilet facility with boreholes have been constructed.

He expressed that, a greater percentage of the communities in the district needed a proper place of convenience and good portable water, in spite of that, several mechanized boreholes had been sinking in the district to complement the implementation of the district.

Touching on road network, he said the district has been working tirelessly since 2017 to get its major roads reconstructed, and as a result of efforts and support from well-meaning citizens, the road from Osebeng through Anum and Boso and Gyakiti and Anyaase and Osebeng are currently under construction.

He indicated that the process for the award of roads from Apeguso to Mpakadan is ready for its implementation whereas the construction of the road from Adomi Bridge to Asikuma is receiving serious attention.

With other feeder roads in the district been awarded on contract, the DCE promised better road networks in the area before his tenure ends.

In furtherance, he affirmed the government has not abandoned any projects inherited from the John Mahama erstwhile administration.

"We inherited 12 projects from the NDC of which some have been completed whereas others are still ongoing since we don't want government funds to go waste. There are other projects too that are under construction under my watch" he told the media.

He then called on Ghanaians to vote "Yes" in the upcoming referendum scheduled for December 17 in government quest to amend the 1992 constitution whether to introduce a multi-party election at the local levels or not.

Source: Sylvester Ntim/

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