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Government built 195 basic education projects last year – Mensah-Bonsu

Caretaker Minister of Finance, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu says the government of Ghana completed 195 basic education projects across the country last year.

Mr. Mensah-Bonsu noted that the projects built were in line with President Akufo-Addo-led administration’s vision to improve the quality of education at the basic level.

Presenting the 2021 budget on Friday, March 12, 2021, the Member of Parliament for Suame Constituency retaliated the governing NPP’s ambition to transform the education sector and also highlighted the projects undertaken by the government.

“Mr. Speaker, in recognition of the important role of infrastructure in the quest to provide basic education for all children, a total no. of 195 basic education projects were completed in 2020,” Mensah-Bonsu disclosed.

The government will continue with ongoing projects in the sector, the Majority leader said.

The caretaker Minister of Finance also divulged the government absorbed the examination registration fees for all candidates from the public junior High Schools in 2020, adding that government will also absorb the registration for the 416,066 candidates from public Junior High schools this year.

“Mr. Speaker, Government in 2020, absorbed the examination registration fees for the 403,878 candidates from public Junior High Schools across the country. In 2021, the registration fee for 416,066 candidates from public Junior High Schools will also be absorbed.”

 

Logistics

In line with the commitment to ensure adequate logistics for the effective administration of schools and educational directorates, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu disclosed government procured and distributed 840 pickup trucks and 350 buses.

According to him, In addition, 2,000 motorbikes were also distributed to Circuit Supervisors to enhance monitoring in their line of duty.

 

Free Colleges of Education

The Minister of Parliamentary Affairs said the government disbursed an amount of GH¢78,857,120 to a total of 47,135 teacher trainees in all public Colleges of Education for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year.

“Mr. Speaker, to make Colleges of Education freely accessible to all eligible students and train teachers to drive quality education provision, an amount of GH¢78,857,120 was disbursed to a total of 47,135 teacher trainees in all public Colleges of Education for the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year. In 2021, an amount of GH¢171,241,500 will be paid for the first and second semesters of the 2020/2021 academic year.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana

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