Gov’t releases GHS62.7 million grant arrears to GETFUND

Gov’t releases GHS62.7 million grant arrears to GETFUND

- A feeding grant arrears of 62. 7 million Ghana Cedis have been released to the Ghana Education Trust Fund by the Ministry of Finance for onward disbursement to the public Colleges of Education

- The decision by the government follows a statement issued by the National Union of Ghana Students in which the students union urged Government to pay the feeding grants of the teacher trainees across the country

- The government had defaulted in the payment of feeding fees for the 2014/2015 academic year which made the schools share the cost on the shoulders of the students

A statement from the Ministry of Education issued on Tuesday, March 29 said the Government has released GHS62.7 million for disbursement to the various Colleges of Education as feeding grant.

The press release said the amount had been given to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) for onward disbursement to the colleges.

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The statement said, “feeding grant arrears of 62. 7 million Ghana Cedis have been released to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) by the Ministry of Finance for onward disbursement to the public Colleges of Education.”

We expect the accounts of the Colleges of Education to be credited in the next few days after which Principals will reimburse all trainees,” the Ministry assured.

The decision by the government follows a statement issued by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in which the students union urged them to pay the feeding grants of the teacher trainees across the country which has not been paid since the beginning of the academic year.

According to a NUGS statement, the government had defaulted in the payment of feeding fees for the 2014/2015 academic year, leaving the authorities of the various Colleges of Education with no option than to bill the students in order to take care of their being fed.

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The current levels 100, 200 and 300 Teacher Trainees' feeding fees have not been paid. As at now, three separate academic semesters' feeding fees are unpaid, summing up to GHS 1,620 per trainee,” the statement said.

This applies to the over 48,000 teacher trainees across the nation.”

NUGS had given the government an ultimatum to “refund these monies to the teacher trainees before the end of the first week of April 2016,” or else they planned to seek other means to have their grievances resolved.

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Meanwhile, the government has commended the stakeholders for their support during the period. “We wish to take this opportunity to commend management and trainees of the colleges for their patience and support throughout the processing period of the grants,” it concluded.

 

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