The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has today petitioned Parliament’s education committee about the finance ministry’s capping and delaying of the GETfund.
When presenting the petition, the union’s president, Dennis Appiah Larbi-Ampofo, stated unequivocally that the capping of the GETfund is a deliberate attempt to deny students in this country the necessary funds to run education.
The union stated that funding for the education sector has been decreasing in recent years.
He explained that in 2019, a total of Gh1.8 billion was allocated to the GETfund, of which only I.2 billion was released, and that in 2021, a total of Gh2.3 billion was allocated, of which only Gh1.4 billion was accrued to the GETFund. In 2020, an amount of GH 2 billion was accrued to GETFund, of which he stated that it is affecting the education system in the country and is unfortunate.
The union urged Parliament’s education committee to address the issue of GETfund capping as soon as possible and to reject the proposed formula for the distribution of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) for the 2023 fiscal year.
The chairman of the education committee, who also happens to be the MP for Fanteakwa North, Kwabena Asiamah Amankwa, who received the petition, stated that because the GETfund is intended to develop education, it is not right to cap such funds.
He stated that because education is costly, the committee will do everything possible to ensure that the funds are used for education in the country.
Peter Nortsu, MP for Akatsi North and ranking member of Parliament’s education committee added that the committee will take all necessary steps to ensure that the GETfund is uncapped.