Parliament approves ¢5.816 bn for Education Ministry
 
Posted on: 2013-Dec-16        
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The Education Ministry has been allocated an amount of 5.816 billion cedis for the 2014 financial year.

The amount represents the highest allocation to any other sector ministry in the country.

However, 60 per cent of the budget sum is due to go into the payment of salaries at the Ghana Education Service and other affiliate institutions.

This was made known on the floor of Parliament, Monday.

Joy News' Parliamentary correspondent, Elton John Brobbey reported Members of Parliament approved the budgetary allocation for the ministry, amid some concerns.

Ranking Member on Education Prof Dominic Fobih who himself was once the Director General of the Ghana Education Service lamented the lack of logistical support for schools.

He said the 60 per cent budgetary sum to be used on salaries alone will not help matters and appealed for more infrastructural and other logistical support for the various schools.

Meanwhile, sector Minister Prof Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman gave the strongest indication of her readiness to combat teacher absenteeism, which she observed is the bane of Ghana's education.

The Minister announced on the floor of Parliament that absentee teachers will not be paid if found culpable.

She said her ministry in collaboration with the GES has has tasked District Directors of Education to put in place proper monitoring and supervisory mechanisms to ensure that absenteeism is done away with in public schools.

She also promised to explore strategies for sustainable funding for Tertiary Education in the country.