Agona West School heads concerned about unpaid grants


Heads of Public Basic Schools in the Agona West Municipality have expressed deep concern about the long delay in payment of over two years arrears of capitation grants, as well as provision of chalk and registers to schools.

According to the heads, the lack of supply of these logistics had made it extremely difficult for the running and managing of the schools as purely public educational institutions.

Mr Joseph K. Otabil, Chairman of the Heads of Basic Schools Union, expressed the concern when the Agona West Assembly presented 400 mono-desks to public and private schools at Agona Swedru.

Mr Otabil who is also the head teacher of Swedru “B” Basic School, said the schools had not received chalks, Registers and grants from the government over the past months.

He said if the situation was not rectified, it could affect the quality of education that was expected to better the lives of Ghanaians.

Mr Otabil commended the Assembly for the supply of desks to the schools and appealed to the Assembly and Central government to continue the gesture to promote education.

Mr Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) assured the Heads that the Assembly would procure chalks and other teaching materials for them when schools re-opened.

He said efforts were being made by the government to pay the arrears of capitation grants to ensure effective teaching and learning.

The MCE said the distribution of desks and other logistics to the schools were ample evidence that government was spending the tax payers’ money judiciously for the benefit of Ghanaians.

He called on the heads of schools and other stakeholders to maintain the desks to prolong their lifespan.

He stated that the Assembly and Central government were doing everything possible to promote quality education.

Mr Stephen Richard Amoah, the Agona West Municipal Director of Education, thanked the Assembly for the gesture and asked the Assembly to help solve the accommodation problem facing teachers.

Mr Charles Obeng-Inkoom, Agona West MP said the government was working hard to reduce economic hardship and other difficulties confronting Ghanaians.


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