Exorbitant fees under Mahama’s gov’t hindered students access to education – Education Minister  

Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh
Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh

The Minister of Education Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh is accusing former President John Dramani Mahama led government for charging an exorbitant school fees and levies which hindered students access to quality education.

According to the Sector Minister, research conducted by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in 2015 during the former Education Minister Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang’s regime at the Ministry of Education, revealed that, fees and levies charged to pupils hindered access and effective participation in basic education to those who had difficulty paying fees and levies imposed by the schools.

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Dr. Prempeh added that, the action has led to high number of students dropping out of school since some cannot afford to pay the fees.

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He further disclosed that, Basic Schools had high incidence of fees and levies as Capitation Grant amount of GH¢4.5 per child per year at the time the NDC left power in 2016 which was woefully inadequate. But due to his hard work, effective 2017/18 academic year, Capitation Grant amount was increased from GH¢4.5 per student per year to GH¢ 10.0 per student per year.

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The 122% increase in per Capitation Grant, according to the Education Minister has contributed to removing the cost barriers to free access and provide schools with minimum amount of funds required to keep schools running.

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