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EDUCATION

All school feeding arears paid – finance ministe

The minister of finance, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta during the mid year budget review has declared that the government has settled all arears owed to the caterers under the school feeding programme policy.

He made this pronouncement on Monday 31st July, 2023 during his presentation in Parliament on the mid year budget review. He emphasized that the government will continue to do his best to sustain the social protection programmes to protect the vulnerable.

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Under the LEAP programme, he said the government disbursed a total of GH¢169.95 million as of June 2023 to 346,019 households comprising 1,533,748 individuals. This includes the increase of the monthly grant to beneficiary households from GH¢32.00 to GH¢64.00 for one-member household and GH¢38.00 to GH¢76.00 for two-member households. Our target under this programme period is to reach about 8 percent of the population, that is 2.5 million people.

Under the Ghana School Feeding Programme,  coverage increased considerably from 1,671,777 beneficiaries in 2016 to 3,801,491 beneficiaries by June 2023. The feeding grants cost per meal, per child, per day increased from GH¢1.00 to GH¢1.20 for the 2023 academic year. We have also settled all arrears owed to caterers under the programme for the second and third terms of the 2022 academic year; and the first term of 2023, he added.

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He indicated that the Capitation Grant contributed to increased enrolment in public basic schools from 6,048,897 pupils for the 2021/2022 academic year to 6,114,302 pupils for the 2022/2023 academic year.

“The Capitation Grant contributed to increased enrolment in public basic schools from 6,048,897 pupils for the 2021/2022 academic year to 6,114,302 pupils for the 2022/2023 academic year”, he said.

Source  : Honestynewsgh.com