The Ministry of Education has released an amount of GHc124,520,623 to settle arrears of Senior High Schools for the Free SHS programme and the payment of teacher trainee allowances and feeding grant of Colleges of Education in the country.
The ministry has indicated that GHS40,010,112 will be used to pay teacher trainee allowances for April to July 2018 while GHS46,069,423 will be channeled to public schools implementing the Free SHS as grants for the third term which have been in arrears for seven weeks.
The remaining GHS38,441,088, will go into paying Principals Conference (PRINCOF) in respect of the Colleges of Education feeding grants through the National Commission for Tertiary Education, according to a statement from the Ministry of Education.
Part of the amount will be used to pay Buffer Stock which provides food for the Free SHS students.
The announcement of the release comes barely 24 hours after the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS) called on government to pay its “delayed” Free SHS grant for the third term of the 2017/18 academic year.