Suma-Ahenkro (B/A), Oct.13, GNA - Odeneho Dr. Afram Brempong III has lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) education policy to enhance the country’s manpower resources.
He said the effort of Nana Akufo-Addo had made a way for especially Junior High School graduates who because of financially-poor parental backgrounds could not have had the opportunity to attend SHS.
Odeneho Dr, Brempong, the paramount chief of Suma traditional area made the commendation at a grand durbar organised by the chiefs and people of the area to mark their annual yam festival on Friday at Suma-Ahenkro in the Jaman North District of Brong-Ahafo Region.
The festival is celebrated to give thanks to God and their ancestors for bumper harvest, pray for a successful farming season in the ensuing year and also formally pave way for the people to eat new yam.
He said the free SHS policy had brought relief to parents who had over the years been burdened with the payment of exorbitant school fees of their children, adding that nationally the elimination of the financial constraints faced by many parents at the commencement of each academic year had created equal access to education for all qualified JHS graduates.
Odeneho Dr, Brempong advised parents and guardians to prioritise their children and wards education by taking advantage of the policy to complement government’s effort to educate them to become responsible citizens and future leaders.
He said education was the pivot of development in every country and therefore stressed the need for traditional authorities, community and opinion leaders to support the government in diverse ways to promote education to ensure that every child is enrolled in school.
Odeneho Dr, Brempong entreated the residents and citizens of the traditional area to put away their political differences and unite to promote the socio-economic development of the area.