Finance Minister Seth Terkper has stated in the 2015 budget that Ghana has achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2 on universal basic education as the country approaches the 2015 target year of the goals.
According to him, the Mahama government will not be complacent in line with the FCUBE program as his [Mahamaís] administration will continue to implement interventions that will aim at retaining children in school.
He emphasized in the 2015 budget that the interventions will eliminate schools under trees, provide free uniforms, free text books, capitation grant, expand school feeding program, subsides BECE and redeploy teachers.
ďMr. Speaker, at the basic level, as we approach the 2015 target year for the Millennium Development Goals, we can all be pleased that Ghana has achieved MDG 2 on universal basic education. In order to avoid complacency and in line with our own FCUBE programme, Government will continue to implement interventions aimed at retaining our children in school such as eliminating schools under trees, free uniforms, free text books, capitation grant, expanded school feeding programme, BECE subsidies and redeployment of teachersĒ.
ďWe will continue to carry out effective redeployment of teachers and train more teachers in line with our new reforms in the sector that led to an increase of teacher trainees in the Colleges of Education by an unprecedented 63%. Teacher absenteeism which has been brought down from 27% to 11% will be brought down further by the new management practices we have embarked uponĒ, he said as captured in the 2015 budget.
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