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No money to print textbooks for basic pupils but govt gives ¢25m to National Cathedral project – Kwakye Ofosu fires gov’t

No money to print textbooks for basic pupils but govt gives ¢25m to National Cathedral project

A former Deputy Minister of Information, Felix Kwakye Ofosu has criticized the ruling government for releasing a huge amount of money, ¢25million for the National Cathedral project.

In his communication on twitter,  the former minister questioned the government why he took such decision when there is no money to pay for school feeding and also printing of textbooks for basic school.

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“No money to pay 97pesewas per child for school feeding. Neither is there money to print textbooks for basic pupils for three straight years but there is GHS 25 million to pay as ‘additional seed money’ for a National Cathedral which the President says is his ‘personal’ pledge to God,” he tweeted.

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Finance has authorized the release of ¢25million for the construction of the National Cathedral in Accra.

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A letter dated 31st March and written to the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) by the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta said “Authority is hereby granted to release the sum of 25million Ghana Cedis as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National Cathedral for part payment of the outstanding claim from RIBADE.”

According to the Vice President, Dr Bawumia, he is confident that the building of the cathedral would uplift the glory of God.

But Mr. Adutwum, the education minister  says the situation will soon be brought to an end. He also praised the resilience and dedication of teachers, despite the prevailing difficulties at the basic education level.

Meanwhile, the Minority have expressed their reservations with the approach government employed in the implementation of the new basic school curriculum.

According to them, it was wrong for the government to have introduced a new curriculum without vital learning material, such as textbooks.

Many teachers and pupils have decried the delay by the government to supply textbooks to complement the implementation of the new basic school curriculum.

 

Source: Honestynewsgh.com

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