President John Dramani Mahama has said his government has made conscious efforts to develop several strategies and interventions to raise the quality of education in the country.
Some of the strategies and interventions he mentioned, included the distribution of free school uniforms and sandals, establishment of nearly 200 senior high schools, teacher professional development initiatives and provision of teaching and learning materials.
President Mahama who was delivering the State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday said the educational sector has over the years witnessed several challenges and these challenges informed his government’s decision to introduce among others things, these interventions.
He said efforts have also been made by his government to reduce the gender disparities in the educational sector.
He told Parliament that the United Nations commended Ghana for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in gender parity but despite this there are still a huge number of girls, 54,800, who are not in school.
He said these children are being targeted by the Free and Compulsory Basic Education (FCUBE) programme.