The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum after the central government in 2020 installed free Wifi in all public Colleges of Education has said the teacher training institutions will soon bear the cost for the internet services.
Dr Adutwum in a purported statement to Busy internet service provider and sighted EducationWeb.com.gh by said the cost of the Colleges of Education wifi service has overburdened the budget of the Free Senior High School (Free SHS).
“Upon a review of the contract for the provision of internet services to pre-tertiary schools, we noticed that Colleges of Education were also benefitting from the facility and this is overburdening the funding of free SHS,” he stated.
According to the Education Minister, the payment of the wifi internet service provided by Busy internet is borne by Free SHS which he has said is not run from the Jubilee House but the Free SHS secretarial headed by him.
In other to free the Free SHS funding, the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament indicated Colleges of Education that have already benefited from the internet service provider will refund the initial cost of the installation paid back to free SHS.
“Busy will be instructed to start billing the Colleges of Education directly for the usage of the internet service. The original cost GH¢ 6,824,000 paid for the 46 public Colleges will be shared for them to pay,” Dr Yaw said in the release.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Prof Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has disclosed the free Wi-fi installed in all the Senior High Schools across the country by the government is not working as expected.
The Director-General of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) has been asked to communicate the decision to the over 40 Teacher Training colleges of Education under the auspices of the Government of Ghana (GoG).
“The government has installed free Wi-Fi in all the Senior High Schools (SHS) but is not working properly in some schools and also we have to train staff on how they can use it,” he told the Accra-based United Television (UTV).