Ahead of plans to expand infrastructure for the admission and accommodation of more students under government’s flagship programme free Senior High School into tertiary institutions, the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has cut sod for the construction of a 10-floor multipurpose twin tower and two student hostels for the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).
The twin tower, estimated to cost GH₵133 million, including offices, lecture blocks, commercial centres, and auditorium, is expected to be completed in 30 months.
The GH₵90 million hotel facilities, expected to house thousands of students to increase the university accommodation as well as admission, would be completed in 15 months.
Speaking at the ceremony last week, Dr. Prempeh said, the initiatives were part of government’s efforts to increase university enrollment and accommodation, following the introduction of the free Senior High School (SHS) programme.
Dr. Prempeh said the free SHS was an initiative the government had committed to ensuring that the more than 100,000 children who qualified for secondary education annually went to school.
Dr. Prempeh reiterated the government’s refusal to concerns that parents who could afford to pay their wards fees should be allowed to pay, stressing that the programme was free.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abednego Okoe Amartey, thanked the minister for the swift intervention towards the commencement of the project.
He said the project when completed would enhance academic activities and pledged the university’s commitment to ensuring good maintenance culture.