The Minister of Education, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has painted a bleak picture of the state of affairs in the education sector at the time his predecessor, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang left office in January 2017, describing the bills left behind as ‘huge.’
Dr Prempeh, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Manhyia South constituency in the Ashanti region, made the revelation when he presented a comprehensive statement to Parliament on education reforms and teacher education since the NPP assumed office.
“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 an 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 told MPs on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
Explaining further he added that undue delays in the disbursement of capitation and feeding grants for Special Schools affected the smooth operation of those schools.
“Within the period, Government has cleared all the arrears and ensured the timely release of capitation and feeding grants for Special Schools,” he noted.
Dr Prempeh has on previous occasions criticized his predecessor, who is currently the running mate of former President Mahama, over her shambolic performance during her tenure as Minister.
In his statement, Dr Prempeh also 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) sub-sector and several others.