Eric Opoku criticizes Govt for diverting GH¢1.5bn from DACF to purchase laptops for students

The Member of Parliament for Asunafo South, Eric Opoku, has accused the government of diverting an amount of GH¢750 million in 2023 from the District Assemblies Common Fund to be used in the purchase of laptops for onward distribution to SHS students.

The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, announced plans by the government to distribute over 1.4 million tablets to students of Wesley Girls Senior High School under the free SHS policy within the next two months to help improve teaching and learning in the school.

But the former Brong Ahafo Minister alleged that the government has planned to divert an additional GH¢750 million for the same purpose.

The Asunafo South MP said the diversion will stifle development at the district level.

“They [the government] took GH¢750 million from the Common Fund meant for the development of the assemblies and that is why most of the assemblies are not doing anything at all.

“And this year, they intend to add another GH¢750 million so that they will have GH¢1.5 billion for the purchase of those laptops,” he said in a Citi News interview.




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