Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo has unveiled a logo for the government’s flagship Free Senior High School Education policy.

Underneath the symbol are also three words; access, equity and quality. The logo also features an open book, which the Minister of State in-Charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, explained: “represents learning that generates hope and optimism for a prosperous Ghana.”

“The central symbol portrays two children emerging from a pleasurable learning experience as they spontaneously explode in joy. They are beneficiaries of the policy that lifts the total burden of fees from parents.”

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The government has announced that the free SHS programme will start in September 2017 with first year students.

It has also announced as part of the policy that 30 percent admission into elite schools will be reserved for students in public schools.

And on the funding, president Nana Akufo-Addo has said Ghana’s oil revenue will be used to fund the Free Senior High School programme.

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By free SHS, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer laboratory fees, no examination fees, no utility fees. There will be free textbooks, free boarding and free meals and day students will get a meal at school for free.

The Free SHS policy will also cover agricultural, vocational and technical institutions at the high school level.