By: Hamza Lansah Lolly and excerpt from myjoyonline
Second cycles in the Northern Regions will be reopening in two weeks following the release of funds for payment of feeding grants.
The Finance Ministry on Wednesday, released an amount of GHS106,697,628.80 to the Registrar of Scholarships for the payment.
According to the Ministry, the payment is in respect of the third term feeding grant for 137,300 students for the 2015-2016 academic year, and also for 140,264 students for the first term of 2016/2017 academic year.
An amount of GHS184,851,616.60 has been outstanding since the beginning of 2017 which is supposed to be scholarship payments for the third term of 2015/2016, the first term of 2016/2017 and the expected payment for the second term of 2016/2017, the Ministry said.
The Ministry is processing the remaining claims for the second and third terms of the 2016/2017 academic year.
Senior high schools (SHS) in the Upper East, Upper West and the Northern Regions on Tuesday, announced their decision to delay reopening indefinitely, due to lack of funds to pay their suppliers.
The three regions together have a total of 72 Senior High Schools that are managed by the Ghana Education Service.
The Heads said government’s failure to reimburse the outstanding feeding grants for four academic calendars, necessitated the action because they were hugely indebted to their suppliers.
Northern Regional Director of Education, Alhaji Mohammed Haroon Kanbodia told savannanews24 that, though the funds has been released however it will take some time to clear the cheque and made provisions for the feeding grants.
The Education Director hinted that, the directorate has directed all the heads of the second cycle schools to reopen school after clearing their cheques, “we have given them one week to reopen the schools after clearing their cheques, so the schools will be reopen on 22nd to 23rd of this month”