SEND Ghana questions govt’s commitment to addressing free SHS challenges

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Social Policy advocacy group SEND Ghana is questioning government’s commitment to addressing the infrastructural challenges that has been exposed by the free Senior High School program.

Government has allocated 9.26 billion cedis to the education sector with over a billion cedis going to free Senior High School.

Even though SEND Ghana says the 2018 budgetary allocation to the education sector was 11 percent higher than that of 2017, it says majority of it is going into payment for compensation.

“Much of the increment went into payment of compensation compared to goods and services and capital expenditure,” the group stated.

The group says the allocation of 98.5 percent to compensation betrays government’s commitment to improving current education infrastructure.

“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,” SEND explained.

The group is particularly worried about the development because of the pressure free Senior High School is placing on existing infrastructure at schools across the country.

“The implementation of the Free Senior High School has led to increased enrolment 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%,” SEND emphasized.

SEND Ghana believes the current challenges places a responsibility on government to deal with the stress on Senior High Schools across the country.

“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,” the group recounted

SEND Ghana is therefore surprised government has not allocated funds to expanding current SHS infrastructure.

“Yet government’s allocation to capital expenditure and goods and services were insignificant to address this situation,” they bemoaned.

By: Sena Nombo/Radiogold905.com

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