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NGO to track World Bank grant

February 11, 2014



Tamale, Feb. 11, GNA The Northern Network for Education Development (NNED), non-governmental organization supporting quality education in the three northern regions, has said it would soon begin tracking the utilization of World Bank grants to the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure accountability.

Mr Gaskin Dassah, National Coordinator of NNED who made this known in Tamale on Tuesday during a baseline survey workshop, said the World Bank had given a grant of 75 million dollars to the Ghana Education Service through the Ministry of Education to cushion the country to improve the quality of its education in deprived areas.

He said the tracking would find out from schools in the beneficiary districts the amount that had been released for them and what it had been used for to ensure that transparency and accountability took place so that the objectives of the grant would be achieve.

He said in March 2013, the government launched the Ghana Partnership for Education Grant (GPEG) from the World Bank to specifically target and support rural districts to improve quality teaching and learning and to address shortfalls in the country's education financing.

Mr Dassah said it would train its staffs and partner organizations to track the usage of the funds in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions since almost all the districts in these regions were benefiting from the funds.

He said the country needed to make good use of the funds to enable it meet the MDG targets on education stressing that many deprived areas in the country still faced numerous challenges and urged the appropriate authorities to ensure that the right things were done.

Mr Eric Duorinaah, who presented a baseline survey on the GPEG, said the research covered five districts and 24 schools in the Northern Region where implementation of the project had taken effect with some funds.

He said in the Bole, Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, Kpandai, East Gonja and Saboba districts where the research was conducted, a total of GH?2,788,277 was allocated to all the five districts between March and December 2013 from the GPEG secretariat.

He said even though it was too early to analyse the gains of the project, a desk review of the GPEG monitoring reports and field level interviews had indicated that the project was so far considered very beneficial and viewed to have immense impact if the current trend in gains continued.

Mr Duorinaah said districts and schools were benefiting but there was the need to streamline the ways and processes of release of funds noting that awareness about the project must be deepened to create public interest.

He suggested the need for committees to be formed at the district and community levels to monitor the project and release of funds.

GNA


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Source: Ghana News Agency


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