Le190.9B For Free Education

 

The Press Secretary to the President, Yusuf Keketorma Sandi, on Friday 13th July, 2018 disclosed that the government has in its fiscal year 2018 Revised and Supplemental Budget Speech allocated a whooping one hundred and ninety billion and nine million Leones (Le190.9 Billions) for the implementation of the free education scheme for the first term of the 2018/19 academic year for primary and junior secondary schools. According to the Press Secretary, there is also another allocation to the tune of Le71.2 million for senior secondary schools.

The scope of the free education programme, he said, will cover pre-primary, primary, junior and senior secondary schools with an estimated total enrolment of 2,141,356 pupils.

The said amount, he added, will cover several key programmes in the first phase of implementation, which include, payment of tuition fees, provision of teaching and learning materials, school feeding programme, provision of text books, payment of the outstanding fees for NPSE, BECE and WASSCE and transitioning to 6334 in facilitating the elimination of the SSS4.

The Press Secretary continued that as promised in the ‘New Direction’ manifesto, an additional one-month salary in the month of August 2018 will be offered to teachers of SSS3 for extra classes during the summer holidays so that pupils would be able to complete the WASSCE syllabus. Government, he said, will also grant dispensation for the payment of outstanding bills owed to suppliers providing diet to all government boarding schools to enable them provide regular diet supplies to pupils during the holidays up to the end of the first term.

He concluded that institutional support for the free education programme is allocated to Le6.0 billion.