Mahama fulfils promise; distributes free sandals to pupils

Government has started the distribution of about 10,000 school sandals to pupils in fulfillment of a promise made by president John Mahama during the 2015 State of the Nation Address in February.

The social intervention is aimed at boosting school enrollment figures in areas where poverty and lack dictates school attendance rates.

President Mahama led the distribution Monday at Ada Foah in the Ada East District where he spent time with the pupils.

The double excitement of meeting the president and taking a free school sandal was not lost on the faces of the students.

The locally-made sandals were manufactured by the footwear division of the Defence Industrial Holding Company (DIHOC) in Kumasi.

The former defunct Kumasi Shoe Factory was rescued from collapse through a public-private partnership.

The factory is also supplying military boots to the Ghana Armed Forces and other security agencies.

The distribution of free sandals is the third of social intervention programme in the education sector after the distribution of free school uniforms and exercise books.

There is also a plan to distribute free sanitary pads to girls in deprived areas as part of an initiative to boost female enrollment in schools.

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