Ghana’s Education Minister and Bosomtwe Member of Parliament, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum Monday said the Akufo-Addo led government has adequate funds to sustain the popular Free SHS program introduced in 2017.
The Minister of Education comment comes after the Insight Newspaper said two programs introduced by the Akufo-Addo administration, Free Senior High School and Nation Builders Corp (NABCO) are facing a funding crisis.
Insight in a Monday publication said there is a shortage of food in Senior High Schools under the Free SHS policy due to the non-availability of funds to continue the project, a claim Dr. Yaw Adutwum has described as false.
Speaking in an interview monitored by Educationweb.com.gh, he said a cheque of GH₵ 86 million last Friday was released to the National Food Buffer Stock Company to ensure all schools are stocked with food items.
Dr Adutwum also said Heads of Senior High Schools have been given an undisclosed amount of money to cater for the day-to-day administration of the school and students under the Nana Akufo-Addo Free SHS program.
“So what I am saying is if somebody says there is a food shortage in our Senior High Schools it is not true, it is not true the government has no money to run the Free Senior High School,” he told host of Kokrooko show.
The Education Minister however admitted there could be a little delay in the release of funds to various agencies under the Ministry of Education but that does not mean the government has no money to fund helpful projects.