The Akufo-Addo government has announced that it will spend an amount of ¢75.4m to pay for examination fees of final year students in Senior High Schools.

President Akufo-Addo who made the disclosure during a national broadcast on COVID-19 said 318,000 final year students are to beneficiaries of the intervention as they prepare to sit for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

For the first time in our nation’s history, Government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of the 313,837 SHS 3 students who will sit for the exam. GH¢75.4 million will be spent on this. These SHS 3 students, also referred to by some as the ‘Akufo-Addo graduates’, are the first group of beneficiaries of Government’s Free Senior High School policy to sit the WASSCE exams,” Akufo-Addo said.

Students in Ghana will sit for the 2020 WASSCE from August 3, 2020 after six weeks of studies.

Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has stated that the government remains committed to ensuring the safety of the students from COVID-19.

He noted that schools have been fumigated and disinfected while protective equipment will be made available to teaching and non-teaching staff.

All one thousand, one hundred and sixty-seven (1,167 Senior High Schools in the country have been fumigated and disinfected. Each student, teaching and non-teaching staff, invigilator and school administrator, numbering some eight hundred thousand (800,000), will be provided with three (3) pieces of reusable face masks, i.e. two (2) being provided tomorrow, and the third within a fortnight.”

President Akufo-Addo urged parents to also provide face masks for their wards, adding that the government is also making available veronica buckets, hand sanitizers and other sanitary materials as school reopen.

A total of eighteen thousand (18,000) Veronica Buckets, eight hundred thousand (800,000) pieces of two hundred millilitre sanitizers, thirty-six thousand (36,000) rolls of tissue paper, thirty-six thousand (36,000) gallons of liquid soap, and seven thousand, two hundred (7,200) thermometer guns have been distributed,” he noted.