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Colleges of education to pay for free wifi, the cost is overburdening the free SHS budget- Education minister

The Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Adutwum has directed all colleges of education to bear the cost of the wifi provision which was made available for secondary schools.

According to the Minister in a letter to the providers, Busy Internet said his outfit has discovered that the 46 colleges of education were benefitting from the wifi services and that has overburdened the free senior high school budget.

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In order for free SHS allocation, the education ministry has taken the following decisions.

✍️The schools that have benefitted from the installation of Busy Internet are to refund the cost back to the free SHS secretariat.

✍️Busy Internet have also been instructed to bill all the colleges directly.

✍️Aside from that, the original cost of Ghc6.8 million paid for by the colleges will be shared by the colleges.

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Background

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in 2020 commissioned the government’s flagship Free Wi-fi for Tertiary Institutions Project in Accra.

The project forms part of the government’s ongoing programme to provide Free Wi-fi to all 722 public Senior High Schools and other educational institutions.

The initiative he said in that year was to cover 46 Colleges of Education, and at least 15 traditional Public Tertiary Institutions across the country, 13 of which are in the operational zone of ECG.

He had also announced that the Free Wi-Fi was to cover all tertiary and secondary institutions from next year.

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The beneficiary institutions include, but not limited to all Technical Universities, all Colleges of Education, all Nursing Training Colleges, and all Senior High Schools.

 

Source: Honestynewsgh.com

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