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21.12.2005 Regional News

More information on Capitation Grant needed

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Koforidua, Dec 21, GNA - Participants at a forum on the 2006 budget in the new Juaben Municipality have called for more education on the capitation grant for basic schools introduced by the government. According to them, parents and the public were ignorant of the policy, which they described as good for the improvement of education. The forum was organised by the Public Services Workers Union (PSWU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) at Koforidua on Wednesday, to deliberate on the Capitation Grant and other policies of the government in the 2006 Budget statement.

The participants noted that the Grant was a commendable policy necessary for the success of the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) programme and expressed the view that other matters about it should be addressed if the policy was not to be jeopardised. The New Juaben Municipal branch Chairman of the PSWU, Mr Peter Ametame, called on the leadership of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) to educate Teachers on the grant to ensure it's successful implementation.

He commended the government for the early presentation of the budget and expressed the hope it would address the concerns of workers and improve the economy.

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