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LOCAL NEWS: "We Have Cleared All Debts Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang Left Behind" - NAPO

The Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has painted a bleak picture of the state of affairs in the education sector at the time his predecessor, Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang left office in January 2017, describing the bills as ‘huge’.

Dr. Prempeh, who is also MP for Manhyia, made the revelatiosn on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday highlighting on educational reforms and teacher education since the NPP assumed office.

“Mr. Speaker, we met huge outstanding bills under the leadership of Prof. Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as Minister of Education, on key supplies for education service delivery. There was outstanding bill of approximately GHS 9m on Capitation Grant, GHS 4m on Feeding Grant for Special Schools, GHS 14m on exercise books to basic schools, and GHS 4m on the supply of school uniforms among many others.”

He continued, “Moreover, there were delays in the disbursement of capitation and feeding grants for Special Schools affecting the effective operation of the schools. Within the period, Government has cleared all the arrears and ensured timely release of capitation and feeding grants for Special Schools”, to loud cheers from the Majority benches in the House.

It will be recalled that Dr. Prempeh has on previous occasions criticized his predecessor, who is currently the running mate of Candidate, John Mahama for her poor handling of the Education Ministry.

In his statement, Dr. Prempeh touched on other initiatives and reforms rolled out by the NPP government in the education sector, including teacher training, staff promotion, the teacher licensure regime, infrastructure investments, a legal and regulatory framework, improvements in the Technical, Vocational Education & Training (TVET) subsector and several others.

Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith



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