Ghana commits 31% of national budget to education sector – CSO
Mr Kofi Asare, Executive Director, Action for Rural Education, a Civil Society Organisation, has observed that Ghana was the only country worldwide that commits a chunk of the national budget to education.
He said currently education accounted for 31% of the national budget with Ghana Education Service share of the sector’s budget ranging from 60-70%.
Mr Asare made the observation at the launch of Education Agenda-2015 Project (EA-2015), a year’s advocacy campaign to develop a civil society education manifesto through extensive consultation with civil society in Ghana.
He said the main sources of funding for education as at 2011, were the Government-78%, internally generated fund-9%, donors-6% and others-7%.
Mr Asare said although there were a number of interventions to boost the budgetary commitment there were lack of transparent mechanisms to monitor the distribution of education resources.
He mentioned free school uniforms for deprived districts, free exercise books and text books, laptops for schools, infrastructure development, and increase in capitation grant and school feeding programme as some of the interventions.
The objective of EA-2015 Project is to engage political parties in the 2012 political campaign on the Education Strategic Plan (ESP 2010-2020), and specific policy proposals embodied in the Civil Society Education Manifesto.
Mr Bright Appiah, Executive Director, Child Rights International (CRI), said the project was a collaborative effort between CRI and Action for Rural Education with funding from STAR Ghana, a multi-donor pooled funding mechanism.
He said the project would adopt a comprehensive advocacy strategy to position education policy issues at the highest level of political discourse and commit political parties to implement the civil society education manifesto and the Education Strategic Plan (2010-2020).