SEND-Ghana, a Civil Society organization has released its preliminary assessment of the 2018 budget statement which was presented before Parliament on Wednesday by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta.
The assessment which touched on education, agriculture, child protection among others lamented over the infrastructural deficits facing the implementation of the free senior high school
The assessment said although there was increment in the budget allocation for education, large portion of the amount would be used to pay for compensation.
SEND-Ghana also described as inadequate the allocation made for the sector. The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta on Wednesday when he presented the budget statement said, Allocation for education woefully inadequate-government has allocated an amount of GHc9.26 billion to the education sector.
‘’The education sector budget increased by 11% from GH¢ 8.33 billion in 2017 to GH¢ 9.26 billion in 2018. However, much of the increment went into payment of compensation compared to goods and services and capital expenditure Share of allocation to compensation increased significantly from 91.4% in 2017 to 98.5% in 2018.
This development raises serious concerns about government’s commitments to deal with infrastructural (schools, dormitories, etc) and logistical (Teaching and Learning Materials, Monitoring and Supervision, etc) constraints that contribute directly to educational outcomes,’’ the statement said.
“The implementation of the Free Senior High School has led to increased enrollment at the SHS level from 300,195 students in the 2016/17 academic year to 396,951 students in the 2017/18 academic year, representing an increment of 32.2%. This development has exposed the infrastructural deficit and logistical challenges which is affecting the smooth implementation of the policy and for that matter impeding sound academic work. Yet government’s allocation to capital expenditure and goods and services were insignificant to address this situation,” the statement added.