Prof Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister
The headmaster of the Sekondi School for the deaf (SeKdeaf), Kofi Frimpong has appealed to government to, as a matter of urgency, release funds to pay those who supplied them with foodstuffs.
He indicated that the school’s creditors were threatening to cause his arrest following its inability to settle the debts.
Speaking to journalists, Mr Frimpong attributed the situation to the inability of government to release funds to run the school.
‘Creditors keep trooping to the school because we have not been able to pay their monies,’ he said.
He blamed the govern-ment and Ghana Education Service (GES) for the prob-lems, which he said, were not peculiar to SEKDEAF.
“The situation is the same in other government assisted special schools as students who turned up on re-opening day on Tuesday were asked to return home,’ he added.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the government has failed to release monies to
the schools for the 2013/2014 academic year making it difficult for the schools to operate.
The students of Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind and those across the country are also facing similar challenges, as Ministry of Finance has failed to release feeding grants to the schools for them to begin academic work.
Special schools were supposed to reopen for the new academic year on September 15 but feeding grants had delayed.
The situation has com-pelled the heads of the schools to postpone the reopening date until the release of the funds.
Educational authorities in Accra assured the leader-ship of the Conference of Heads of Special Schools (COHESS) at a meeting last Tuesday that the funds would be released for academic work next week.
Feeding grant per student per day in the special schools has been pegged at GH¢2.20 while government paid $35 per day to feed each supporter that travelled to Brazil for the World Cup.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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