Despite the current economic difficulties, President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has reiterated the government’s intention to maintain its signature free Senior High School (SHS) program.
President Akufo-Addo pledged that the government will keep taking action to ensure that every kid in Ghana has access to free education while speaking at a grand durbar to mark the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho’s tenth anniversary.
“Government will continue to intervene and remain responsible for the provision of free, quality basic and secondary education for all. Education should be a right for all of Ghana’s youth. Education is the equalizer for opportunities. I want every child to be in school not only for what they learn in the books but also the life experiences.”
The University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, was formed by an Act of Parliament, Act 828, in December 2011 with the goal of being a leading research- and practically-oriented institution of higher learning in the field of health that is committed to community service.
Over 7,000 students are currently enrolled at the university, which opened its doors in September 2012 with just 154 students.
The Volta Region of Ghana’s first public university, UHAS, is currently the only governmental institution in the country exclusively devoted to the education of healthcare professionals.
His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo declared, “Despite the current economic crisis, my government will continue to give free and quality education to the Ghanaian child,” at a spectacular durbar to mark the institution’s tenth anniversary.
The president believes that education equalizes opportunity and wants every child to receive an education so they can pursue their ambitions.
The University of Health and Allied Sciences’ outgoing vice chancellor and registrar were also praised by Nana Akufo-Addo for their work in managing the institution’s business, and he tasked the incoming officers with continuing their predecessors’ good work.
Vice Chancellor of UHAS John Owusu Gyapong mentioned in his speech that UHAS has made a substantial contribution to the COVID-19 testing in the nation.
However, he pointed out that despite the fact that resources were made available for COVID-19 testing in the Volta region and other regions, it still has the lowest rate of COVID-19 immunization.
He asked everyone to be immunized in order to stop the pandemic.
The university’s new hostel, with a capacity of more than 2,000 beds, was also ordered by the president.