The Conference of Heads of Basic Schools is lamenting the non-payment of the capitation grant meant for the operationalization of basic schools for the past two years.
The association explains that the situation is crippling the progress of teaching and learning in schools.
Speaking to Citi News, the General Secretary of the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools, Justice Adu Darko, said they are yet to receive any funds.
“The amount itself is inadequate looking at the prices of commodities of late. The last time it was paid was in 2019/2020. This means that for 2021, 2022 and now 2023, we haven’t received anything. Those running their schools only on capitation are really suffering. Notwithstanding, we met with the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, and he admitted the challenges and promised to ensure that the capitation is released on time”, he bemoaned.
The Ministry of Education, early this month, however, indicated that some GH¢11 million has been released to schools as of November 2022.
The Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr. Clement Apaak cautioned the government against the delay in the payment of the capitation grants to the various basic schools.
According to the legislator, the delay in releasing the money is gradually collapsing the public basic school system.
Dr. Clement Apaak said the government must do the needful to avert the situation.
“This is a grant that the heads of basic schools used to procure basic supplies like chalk, registers, and to engage in basic fixtures like doors and windows. So when government fails to make this available, the heads of basic schools are compelled to either borrow money to keep the schools running or to take some of these items and services on loans. In fact, this is collapsing the public basic school system and I think it’s most unfortunate. The government needs to do the needful,” the MP stated.
The Executive Secretary of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare on Sunday, January 1, 2023, also called on the Ministry of Finance to release the funds in full to schools.
“l don’t see anything positive happening at the capitation grants in 2023, because if you look at the goods and services budget line of the Ministry of Finance where the capitation grant is actually financed, the reason why the grant is delaying is that the Ministry of Finance is not releasing the goods and services allocation to the Ghana Education Service and Ministry of Education,” the Executive Secretary of Africa Education Watch said.
He was skeptical about the improvement of the capitation grants, bemoaning the government’s decision to cut down on the grants.
“Last year 2022, GH¢2.92 million was allocated for basic education in terms of the goods and services, capitation grants and teacher learning resources, feeding grants to special schools, BECE subsidiary, but when the minister went to Parliament to read the 2023 budget, less than 19% had been disbursed. As of now, less than 20 percent has been disbursed.”