• Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Free SHS: Ghc35.9m Released To Schools For 2nd Term

The Ministry of Education has released Ghc35.9 million to public second cycle schools under the Free Senior High School programme to cover initial operational and administrative costs for the second term of the 2017/2018 academic year.

Speaking to Citi News, the Head of Communications at the Free SHS Secretariat, Josberta Gyan Kwakye, said the amount would cover about 489 schools.

“We have released such an amount to the various secondary schools and it covers about 489 schools… the Ghc35.9 million that has been sent to the schools currently, is to cover the initial administrative costs for the schools for the second term.”

She also explained that the initial 20 percent sent to the schools in September 2017 “was based on raw estimations because as of the time we were releasing the funds, we didn’t have the exact enrollment numbers so it was more of an approximation.”

She said the Ministry has also paid GHc3,392,031 as arrears for 264 schools during the first term.

“After we had been able to confirm the enrollment numbers based on the signed list that the individual schools submitted to the secretariat, we have now come to the conclusion that about [264] schools had some arrears to be paid to cover for the first term,” Mrs. Gyan Kwakye said.

Prior payments

In September 2017, the government released for disbursement half of the GHc 486 million for the policy.

That amount was to serve the over 400,000 first-year students who benefited from the Free SHS policy this 2017/2018 academic year.

At the beginning of 2018, the government also released GHc62,606,403, in three installment payments for the delivery of food items to Senior High Schools in the country to the National Food Buffer Stock Company.

In terms of other notable expenses under the policy, the government set aside an amount of GHc80 million to address challenges relating to furniture.

Budgetary allocation for Free SHS ‘woefully inadequate’ – Ablakwa

National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament for the North Tongu Constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has described the government’s budgetary allocation for Free SHS as woefully inadequate to support the programme.

According to him, government would need at least two billion cedis to support Free SHS in 2018, 800 million cedis more than the amount that was allocated to it in the budget.

‘You can’t run education with voluntary funds’

The government announced that it would set up a fund to receive voluntary contributions from individuals to support the implementation of the free SHS programme and the educational sector as a whole.

However, this plan has come under fire from the Minority who believe this is an indication that government does not have the funds to properly implement its much-touted programme.

And according to Okudzeto Ablakwa, the government cannot afford to rely on the voluntary funds as a source of funding for free SHS, as projections for those funds may not materialize.

 

 

Source:Citifmonline

Defecation in Classroom: GES shuts down three Schools

 

The Ghana Education Service has closed down some 3 schools at Akyem Adjobue in the Akyemansa District of the Eastern Region indefinitely.

The schools namely Adjobue GCD L/A, Adjobue RC Primary and JHS and Adjobue Presby Primary and JHS were all closed down after some unscrupulous people in the town turned the schools into a ‘public toilet.’

For several years, school pupils and teachers have been scrubbing and washing faeces of the perpetrators.

Desks, teachers tables and Chairs as well as blackboards are mostly smeared with human excreta.

Madam Okyere Asabea, the Public Relation’s Officer of the Akyemansa District Education Directorate tells Kasapa news, management took the ‘hard’ decision after several attempts by the Ghana Education Service to try to stop the people of the town from engaging in the illicit act have all proved futile.

According to Madam Asabea some two years ago, the District Education directorate held a durbar with the chiefs and people of the town to try to talk them out of the unholy act yet the people did not pay heed to their call.

She added that there was another discussion with the people of the community last year to let them desist from the act yet to no avail.

“Management therefore took the decision to close down the school to let the people know that our teachers there are also human beings and they have had enough.” She said.

According to the PRO, the schools will remain shut ”until they desist from the act.”

 

Source:kasapafmonline.com

Didier Drogba opens fully furnished school for Ivorian village

 

Former Ivorian international footballer, Didier Drogba, has inaugurated a school built in his region.

It is specifically in the village of Onahio Pokou-Kouamekro.

Under the auspices of the Didier Drogga Foundation and with support from Nestle and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), some 350 children can now have access to education in the rural cocoa growing community.

The Didier Drogba Foundation, Nestlé and ICI share the common objective of helping children live healthier lives and helping develop thriving resilient communities. Like any public school, the Didier Drogba school will be handled to the government to run, Nestle said.

The facility will replace an existing school in Pokou-Kouamekro which was made of mud and lacked the necessary infrastructure. It comprises of 6 classrooms, a kindergarten class, a school canteen, school latrines, a football field and 3 teachers’ homes to attract qualified teachers.

Present at the ceremony were members of the foundation, Nestle and the ICI as well as community leaders to who the former African player of the year handed a symbolic key to the facility.

                                       What Drogba said at the event:

 

 

Source: Africanews.com

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