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Free SHS: GHS150m hits schools' accounts

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Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, Deputy Minister of Education, has revealed that the Ministry of Finance has disbursed an amount of GHS150 million to all the senior high schools (SHS) across the country for the implementation of the Free SHS programme.

This represents 20 per cent of the total amount of GHS486 million for the programme. Government is expected to disburse the entire amount by mid-term.

Last week, a Deputy Minister of Finance, Abena Osei-Asare, told journalists: “All we are waiting for is for the Ministry of Education to tell us the various numbers that have been placed in each school and based on that, we will go ahead and transfer the monies. By Friday [today], the money should hit all the accounts we have been provided with.

“For the GHc486 million, it is ready and we have issued the first part, that is the 50 per cent.”

Speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson on the Ghana Yensom programme on Accra 100.5FM on Monday, September 11, Dr Adutwum said: “So far GHS150 million has been released to the schools for the implementation of the programme.”

The Akufo-Addo-led government’s flagship programme begins today, Monday, 11 September as first-year students who were successfully placed in various SHSs report officially.

The placement into SHSs has been fraught with hitches this year, with several thousands of prospective students still struggling to get admission.

Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/100.5FM

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