An educationist has expressed worry about reported cases of conflicts between basic school heads and members of School Management Committees (SMCs) in certain areas over the management of the Capitation Grant.
Mrs Diana Appiah, the Atwima Nwabiagya District Director of Education, explained that the management of the Grant was based on the School Performance Improvement Plan, prepared by school authorities and approved by the committees.
She was speaking at the inauguration of a 13-member SMC for the Atwima Nwabiagya District Assembly Basic School at Asamang last Wednesday. The event coincided with the school performance appraisal meeting, organised to discuss the 2007 Basic Education Certificate Examinations results.
Mrs Appiah said the Education Directorate had put in place effective mechanism to monitor the management of the Grant to prevent malfeasance. She asked the SMC to trust in the school heads in the administration of the schools and to participate in programmes aimed at enhancing teaching and learning.
Mrs Appiah advised the SMC to contribute meaningfully towards the successful implementation of the New Education Reform.
Mr Richard Owusu-Agyemang, the District Community Participating Coordinator, cautioned SMCs against usurping the authority of the school heads.
He also advised them to complement the efforts of the school authorities towards the improvement of education and warned them against hiding behind SMCs to engage in chieftaincy disputes and partisan politics.
Nana Appiah Ofori II, Chief of Kuruwa Akorowa near Atwima Asamang in the District, called on individuals and organisations to contribute to the development of education in the area. He appealed to parents who were withdrawing their wards from the local basic school for schools in the urban areas to stop the practice.
Nana Appia Ofori advised parents to stop spending lavishly on funerals and invest in the education of their wards.