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The Education Ministry has announced that government has spent an amount of GHC 484million in its Free Senior High School (SHS) Programme.

To ensure the smooth running and implementation of the programme, the Head of Public Relations Unit of the Ministry of Education, Mr Ekow Vincent Assafuah in a statement indicated that the amount spent was from ‘January to May’ this year.

“The ministry is keen in providing all the necessary logistics needed for the smooth implementation of the Free SHS programme and other important initiatives geared towards fostering quality education,” the statement reads. 

According to the statement – “In order to compensate for the infrastructural deficit and other challenges faced by students, Government has supplied 40,000 mono desks, 13,145 bunk beds and 4,335 mattresses for SHSs across the country.”

“Total fees payable by government for every Day Student enrolled under Free SHS is GHS 648.47 and for Boarders GHS 1,004.27.

"These amounts have been duly taken care of by government for all the students under the programme.”

Below is a breakdown of the payments:

1. Buffer - 151,762,918.99

2. Other Payments - 147,735,945.13

2. Core Textbooks - 85,156,982.72

4. Teacher's Notebook - 5,881,806.00

5. Exercise Books - 5,561,802.90

6. Supplementary Reader - 10,057,510.00

7. P.E. Kits - 9,632,846.55

8. Furniture - 65 million

9. Uniforms, Cloths & House Dress - 48,864,908.36

10. Meals 5,015,464.90

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/Peacefmonline.com/ Twitter: @Washman5/ Instagram: Ambrose_wash

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