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Budget Allocation for Education woefully inadequate-SEND-Ghana

Written by  Nov 17, 2017
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.

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