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All arrears owed caterers for 2nd, 3rd  2022 academic year, first term 2023 paid – Gov’t

The Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta has said the government has settled all arrears owed to caterers under the School Feeding Programme for the second and third terms of the 2022 academic year and the first term of 2023.

Mr. Ofori-Atta disclosed this while addressing Parliament on behalf of President Akufo-Addo on the mid-year budget review on Monday, July 31, 2023.

According to him, under the Ghana School Feeding Programme, coverage increased considerably from 1,671,777 beneficiaries in 2016 to 3,801,491 beneficiaries by June 2023.

“The feeding grants cost per meal, per child, per day increased from GH¢1.00 to GH¢1.20 for the 2023 academic year. We have also settled all arrears owed to caterers under the programme for the second and third terms of the 2022 academic year; and the first term of 2023.

“The Capitation Grant contributed to increased enrolment in public basic schools from 6,048,897 pupils for the 2021/2022 academic year to 6,114,302 pupils for the 2022/2023 academic year. Under the Free Senior High School (Free SHS)/Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Free TVET) programmes, a total of 447,396 first-year students enrolled during the 2022/2023 academic year to bring the total number of Free SHS/TVET beneficiaries to 1,318,035 students.

“Government continued with the construction of 9 state-of-the-art TVET centres to offer modern facilities and equipment, enable effective skills training and empower young people with the relevant skills required for employment and entrepreneurship.

“Under our Complementary Education for underprivileged groups, including outof-school children, Government commenced the implementation of Cycle 8 of the Complementary Basic Education Programme (CBEP) in February 2023, with a total enrolment of 5,000 learners as at end June 2023.”

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