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Improved Access to Free Senior High School

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Achieving universal primary and secondary education is a central target of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Completion of primary and secondary education equips individuals with the needed skills and knowledge to establish businesses, seek employment, and save to secure their futures. Higher levels of education ultimately result in improved intergenerational mobility and sustained poverty reduction. \

Ghana continues to face some challenges in this sector, including limited space for increased admission and insufficient infrastructure for senior high school education. In 2017, space constraints resulted in over 60,000, or 15% of Ghana’s students, not being able to enroll in schools across the country, despite passing their Basic Education Certificate Examination to qualify.

Read the full op-ed published in Ghana’s newspaper of record The Daily Graphic.