Government is committed to ensuring a smooth implementation of the Northern Scholarship programme alongside the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy to make life easy for beneficiaries.
In this regard, government has released a total amount of GH¢65 million for the Northern Scholarship fund and an undisclosed amount for first term Capitation Grant.
Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister for Interior, said this while touring some SHS in the Upper West Region.
The tour was to acquaint himself with challenges associated with the implementation of the Free SHS policy that was launched by the President on September 12.
He said the release of the funding for the Northern Scholarship fund and the Capitation Grant demonstrated government’s commitment to ensure the smooth implementation of all other key policies in the education sector alongside the implementation of the Free SHS policy.
Mr Ambrose Dery, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Nandom Constituency, visited the Wa SHS, Lawra SHS and the Nandom SHS where he interacted with the various headmasters and their staff as well as the students.
He said the President made a commitment to make Free SHS a reality to enable every Ghanaian child to have access to education regardless of his or her location and social status.
Mr Ambrose Dery said leadership is about choices and that no country developed without developing its human resources and this is why the President chose to invest in the future of Ghanaian youth.
The Interior Minister said headmasters of the various schools have a key role to play in ensuring the success of the policy, hence his visit to find out some of the bottlenecks impeding the smooth implementation of the policy and how best government could help address the challenges.