The Ministry of Education has dismissed claims by former President John Dramani Mahama that only 30 percent of the funds meant for the first-year implementation of the Free Senior High School programme has been paid by the government.
Mr. Mahama during the first National Conference of Ex-MMDCEs of the National Democratic Congress said: “It’s like the government is just, as I said, ‘Governance-As-You-Go’, ad hoc decisions, all the initiatives like free SHS, no policy guideline, and, as of now, the information we have is that for the first year, only 30 per cent of the money that should have been paid to the schools has been paid, 70 per cent has not been paid.”
But a statement by the Education Ministry stated that the former President got his facts all wrong.
The ministry in clarifying the issue stated the “Government, through the Ministry of Education, makes 79.5% central payments and only 20.5% are paid directly to the schools.”
The Ministry also gave a breakdown on how the money for the Free SHS policy was distributed by the government.
Below is the full statement
Re: Mahama Claims
It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Education certain claims made by the former President of the Republic, Mr. John Mahama, indicating that Government has only honoured 30% of Free SHS payments to the Senior High School.
It has become necessary to set the records straight.
The Government, through the Ministry of Education, makes 79.5% central payments and only 20.5% are paid directly to the schools.
In order to protect the public purse by ensuring maximum gains through economies of scale, the Ministry of Education, CHASS and the office of the Minister of State In Charge of Public Procurement, agreed to undertake procurement at these levels;
i. Centralised Procurement
ii. School Level Procurement (to be paid Centrally)
iii. School Level Procurement ( to be paid at the school level)
iv. Food Procurement (School/Buffer Stock)
Centralised Procurement (Paid Centrally)
1. Exercise Books
3. Supplementary Readers/Core Literature Books
4. P. E Kits
6. Technical Drawing Instruments (TVET only)
7. Technical Drawing Board and Tee Square (TVET only)
School Level Procurement (Paid for Centrally)
1. School Uniform
2. School Cloth
3. House Dress
School Level Procurement (Paid for at School Level)
1. Procurement of perishable food items.
2. Food Procurement (School/Buffer Stock)
3. Food supplied by Buffer Stock Company to Boarding Schools.
Food Vendors for strictly Day Schools.
1. Fees payable for first year students such as
a. Admission fees
b. Maintenance fees
c. Cumulative Examination fees
d. 2 sets of School Uniform
e. 2 sets of House Dress
f. School Cloth
g. P.E Kits
h. 9 Exercise Books
i. 4 Note Books
j. 1 Supplementary/3 Core Literature English Books.
2. All recurring fees items including and not exclusively
a. Examination fees
b. Library fees
c. Practical fees
e. Entertainment fees
f. Science Development
3. Teacher Motivation: Teacher Motivation: GHS 20 paid out of PTA Dues of GHS 25 per student yearly.
4. Feeding fees: 3 meals daily for Boaders and 1 hot meal for Day Students.
5. Core Textbooks: Provision of full complement of all recommended textbooks for first year students.
Subsidies: for all continuing students (form 2 & 3)
Ekow Vincent Assafuah,
Head of Public Relations Unit,
Ministry of Education.