Basic education receives ‘highest-ever’ GETFUND allocation in 7yrs

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The Parliament of Ghana has approved GH¢ 800 million, the highest-ever Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) allocation to improve the country’s basic education, the Director of Africa Education Watch, Kofi Asare has said.

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“The amount constitutes 20% of the total GETFund Formula for 2024, compared to 12% in 2023. The 2024 allocation is a 196% increase from the GH¢ 270 million allocated in 2023,” he said in a social media post sighted by Thisterm.com.

Of the allocation to basic education, the Executive Director of the education think tank said GH¢ 370 million is earmarked for new and ongoing basic school projects (GH¢ 270 million) and furniture (GH¢ 100 million).

The development follows EduWatch’s one-year intensive advocacy for desks and basic school infrastructure, with support from FCDO and Oxfam, and in partnership with STAR Ghana Foundation, ActionAid, education CSOs and the media.

Speaking at an Education Financing Conference, Kofi Asare called on the central government to prioritise basic and complementary education to reduce the number of children dropping out of school.

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The Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) Director said after 17 years of Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education, half a million children of basic school-going age were out of school, and the basic schools lacked infrastructure.

Mr Asare said 40 per cent of basic school pupils lacked desks, 5,000 schools were under trees and sheds, and 25 per cent of primary schools were without Junior High Schools (JHS), resulting in over 20 per cent basic school dropout rate.

He said in 2022, out of a total of GHS 1.4 billion allocated for infrastructure, only 16 per cent was allocated to basic education, with the highest 44 per cent for secondary education, an observed trend since the introduction of free Senior High School (SHS).

“Ghana cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 Targets of Universal Basic Education by 2030 if it continues to allocate scarce education resources without equity and spending efficiency,” the Executive Director added.

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