Busy Internet, SHS Wi-Fi contract not value for money – EduWatch

SHS Wi-Fi contract

Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) has described the central government contract with Busy Internet now Lift Logistics to provide Wi-Fi internet services to public Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country as not value for money.

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This EduWatch say is because about 100 Senior High Schools (SHSs) surveyed in May/June last year (2023) for Free Wi-Fi, the internet for approximately 78% of the second-cycle schools had been down for a period of 6 to 24 months.

The Executive Director of the education think tank in a post sighted by Thisterm.com said the Africa Education Watch report was published and shared with the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) in July 2023.

“I will be very very surprised if the Ministry of Education (MoE) subsequently made full payment to Busy Internet for January-September 2023, as reported by the Fourth Estate.

In August, we petitioned the Auditor-General (A-G) to audit the free wi-fi contract. The Auditor-General (A-G) immediately commissioned a special audit nationwide, with the report expected soon.

Without prejudice to the anticipated report, MoE should cancel that contract, fund SHS to engage their own ISP and pay for their internet, just as it’s done for electricity.

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If GH¢54 million was indeed paid to Busy Internet for no internet between January and September 2024, the Ministry of Education (MoE) should retrieve the cash even before the A-G disallows.

As to why the MoE in 2019/20 decided to ignore MTN and Vodafone, and single source such a huge nationwide internet procurement to Busy Internet who is not an ISP, only God can explain,” the EduWatch Director said in the post.

In a related development, MoE says it’s considering terminating aspects of the contract that enables Lift Logistics formerly Busy Internet to provide Wi-Fi internet service to government Senior High Schools (SHSs) in the country.

In a statement shared with Thisterm.com, the Education Ministry said the decision to terminate the aspects of the contract is based upon evaluation which indicates some schools are experiencing satellite connection challenges.

“The Ministry upon evaluation is considering terminating aspects of the contract in schools that are experiencing satellite connectivity challenges, a situation which had been attributed to the failure of Lifted Logistics’ Limited (formerly Busy Internet) to pay its providers,” the press statement signed by the Ministry’s spokesperson stated.

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