Early release of Capitation Grant advocated

Seth TerkperChallenging Heights, a child rights organisation, has expressed worry over the delay in the release of the Capitation Grant.

If not checked, it said, the delay could have an adverse impact on the quality of education provided to children in public schools.

Mr. David Kofi Awusi, Advocacy Manager of the organisation, stated this at a durbar of stakeholders in Senya to commemorate their sixth education day celebration under the theme, “Quality education and proper heath care – the requisite tools for nation building.

He said, the Capitation Grant had increased primary school enrolment but its challenges had affected the ability of heads of schools to provide teaching and learning materials, and general funds for the smooth running of schools.

Mr. Awusi said it was important to stop child labour, and child trafficking, as well as bottlenecks with the Capitation Grant to ensure that both boys and girls accessed their basic right to education which is critical for quality and affordable basic education.

According to Mr. Awusi, a study by the International Labour Organisation and the government of Ghana in August 2013 revealed that over 49, 000 children were working on the Volta Lake and out of the figure over 21,000 of them are in hazardous labour.

Mr. David Nana Labie, a former Member of Parliament for Awutu-Senya, appealed to parents to invest in the education of their children with their limited resources rather than using such resources on litigation.

Seth TerkperGNA

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