What is Capitation Grant for Basic Schools in Ghana?
Capitation grant for basic schools is the amount of money or funds allocated for public basic schools in Ghana operating under the Ghana Education Service to help cater to the needs of the school in the absence of school fees. The capitation grant was introduced in Ghana in the year 2005 and has been paid to schools since then.
The primary aim of the grant is to help facilitate and promote the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of primary education for all. The grant is also secured to ensure that basic education is free for all – that is no payment of school or tuition fees for all students in basic schools.
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When the capitation grant scheme began, basically every public primary school receives an amount of GH4. 50 per pupil enrolled. This went on till 2019 when the amount was increased to Ghc 10 per pupil. Unlike GALOP which was introduced in 2020 for selected schools, the Capitation Grant is for every public basic school in the country.