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03.04.2009 General News

Stakeholders asked to assess impact of capitation grant

By GNA
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Stakeholders in education have been urged to undertake periodic assessment of the functional impact of the capitation grant towards effective and efficient education delivery.

They should also ensure that the amount is released on time to ensure the smooth running of schools.

A Research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS) and a lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba, Mr Peter Kwegyir-Aggrey, made the reminder at a day's seminar in Winneba.

It was attended by 170 participants made up of teachers and their heads from basic schools in the Effutu Municipality, Gomoa District and students of Research from the University.

The seminar was aimed at assessing the impact of the implementation of the capitation grant on education delivery in the two districts.

Mr Kwegyir-Aggrey urged heads of basic schools to use the money for its intended purposes.

He called for the setting up of a monitoring team to ensure that monies earmarked for the capitation grant was not siphoned by some heads of schools.

The lecturer said with the increase in school enrolment, the workload on the teacher had also increased and was affecting their output.

Mr Kwegyir-Aggrey appealed to philanthropists and other stakeholders in education to assist basic schools with infrastructure to ease the burden on schools to make the new education reform a success.

The Dean for the School of Arts, Prof James Flolu, who chaired the function, said a number of reforms in Education had not improved education hence the need for the capitation grant.

GNA

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