The government has announced the disbursement of GH¢20 million to settle capitation grants for public basic schools nationwide.
The capitation grants system was implemented to replace all fees paid by parents in public basic schools, aiming to enhance and broaden access to education while supporting school performance improvement initiatives.
The grants had faced a two-year backlog, prompting concerns from the Minority in Parliament and education sector stakeholders about the detrimental impact on basic education.
The scheme was introduced to replace all fees paid by parents in public basic schools to improve and expand access to education and support school performance improvement efforts.
During a parliamentary session, the Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, confirmed that efforts have been made to clear the arrears.
The payments of the grants had been in arrears for a period of two years, prompting the Minority in Parliament and stakeholders in the education sector to express their dissatisfaction with the delays that, in their view, were having a detrimental impact on education at the basic level.
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“Mr Speaker, capitation grant arrears of GH¢15 million were disbursed to schools in May 2023, and the remaining arrears of last year amounting to GH¢20 million have been released by the Ministry of Finance, and are currently being processed for disbursement.”
“Furthermore, he explained that, GH¢4.2 million of this year’s capitation is also being processed for disbursement.”.