The Committee observed that special allocations have been made to the Colleges of Health Sciences: KNUST; the University of Ghana; University for Development Studies and the University of Cape Coast for the provision of infrastructure and facilities to facilitate teaching and learning.
The Committee was informed that an amount of eight million Ghana cedis (GH¢8,000,000.00) has been allocated to the University of Health and Allied Sciences to commence the construction of a Science laboratory complex to train medical students and those in other allied health sciences.
An amount of five million Ghana cedis (GH¢5,000,000.00) has also been earmarked for ongoing construction works of the new public university in the Eastern Region. Furthermore, a provision of three million Ghana cedis (GH¢3,000,000.00) has been made for the construction of academic facilities at the Dormaa Campus of the University of Energy and Natural Resources.
In fulfilment of Section 2 (6) of Act 581, an amount of twelve million Ghana cedis has been allocated for the administration of scholarships. The Committee noted that the phenomenon of irregular release of monies to the Fund has greatly affected the payment of fees and allowances of Ghanaian students on scholarship, pursuing post-graduate studies abroad.
The Committee once again urges the Ministry of Finance to ensure the timely release of monies to the Fund for prompt disbursement to beneficiaries.
Allocation to second cycle
A sum of three hundred million, thirty- three thousand Ghana cedis, forty-two
pesewas (GH¢300,033,000.42) has been allocated to second cycle education.
In line with Government's policy of increasing access and expanding facilities at the secondary level, an amount of two hundred and twenty-one million, eight hundred and fifty thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢221,850,000.00) has been allocated for the construction of community day senior high schools in selected districts and communities. This amount represents 30per cent of the projected accrual to the Fund for year 2014.
The Administrator of the Fund informed the Committee that the GETFund Secretariat did not specify the number of schools to be constructed with the allocated amount because the Ministry of Education is currently working out the number of schools to be constructed with the amount.
The Committee also noted that a sum of twenty-two million, one hundred and eighty-three thousand Ghana cedis, forty- two Ghana pesewas (GH¢22,183.000.42) has been allotted for the completion of projects such as classrooms, dormitories, kitchen/dinning halls and science laboratories to ease the pressure on the demand for classrooms, furniture, and other facilities.
The significant role of ICT in today's economy cannot be over emphasised. To this end, the Fund has allocated a sum of thirty million Ghana cedis (GH¢30,000,000.00) to support the E-schools/ICT programme at the secondary level.
Allocation to basic level
The Committee noted that an amount of one hundred and twenty-five million, five hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHc125,500,000.00) has been earmarked
for the provision of infrastructure and facilities at the basic level. Out of this amount, seventy-five million Ghana cedis (GH¢75,000,000.00) is to cater for the completion of ongoing projects under the schools under trees programme.
Vocational and technical education
As part of Government's effort at promoting Vocational and Technical Education, an amount of seven million Ghana cedis (GH¢7,000,000.00) has been allotted for the procurement of equipment and the rehabilitation of some Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions.
The Committee expressed the opinion that not much attention is being paid to vocational and technical training. The Committee was informed that quite a large number of vocational and technical institutions operate under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations while a considerable number of vocational and technical institutions are privately owned.
However, the Minister for Education indicated that her Ministry through the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) provides some assistance to vocational and technical institutions. To give the needed attention to vocational and technical training, Hon Members proposed that Act 581 should be amended to make adequate provision for vocational and technical training.
MPs emergency projects
Hon Members were informed that a sum of fifteen million, five hundred and fifty thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢15,550,- 000.00) has been proposed for Members of Parliament to undertake development
projects and the monitoring of GETFund projects in their constituencies. Each Member, is expected to receive a total amount of forty-eight thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢48,000.00) for Education-related projects and eight thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢8,000.00) for the monitoring of GETFund projects.
The Committee has examined the distribution formula for monies expected to accrue to the GETFund for year 2014 and is satisfied with the rationale for the proposed allocations. The Committee therefore, recommends to the House to approve the distribution formula for an amount of seven hundred and thirty-nine million, four hundred and forty-seven thousand Ghana cedis, twenty-four pesewas (GH¢739,447,000.24) to be released to the GETFund Secretariat for distribution to the critical areas of the education sector.
Mr Speaker, we dealt with vocational and technical education and the Minister for Education gave us the assurance that there would be some co-ordination since quite a number of the vocational institutions are under some other Ministries and the rest of them are with private entrepreneurs. So, we look forward to getting that exercise carried out.