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COMEU bares teeth at government over 4yr-old unpaid grants

By Kojo Ansah   |

THE CONFERENCE of Managers of Education Units (COMEU) has registered its protest over government’s failure to disburse statutory quarterly grants due them.

According to the managers, government has failed to pay the quarterly grants since 2012; a situation they say is crippling management of education in the country.

Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE Online on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 42nd Annual Conference of Managers of Education Units in Ghana held in Koforidua, the National President of COMEU, Mr. Peter Yaw Frimpong explained that the Ghana Education Service (GES) and for that matter government has failed to pay the accumulated quarterly grants to the Unit Managers to effectively manage the schools.

He said Managers of schools in the country are in great difficulty and in a state of despair because of the lack of financial resources to be used in running the administrative affairs of the schools.

Mr. Frimpong further said managers of the education units are using their own pocket monies to run their affairs.

Mr Frimpong, who is a former Bishop of the Methodist Church said this during the opening ceremony of the 42nd (COMEU) on the theme “Achieving Academic Excellence in the Educational Unit Schools-Prospects and Challenges.”

Meanwhile, COMEU has expressed concern over GES’s sidelining of partner schools in decision making and the exclusion of Education Unit Managers in the GES Organogram.

The chairman of the National Peace Council, Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante who was a quest speaker called for proper partnership between Government and Religious bodies in managing mission schools in the country to help ensure holistic education that encapsulates discipline and spiritual well-being of students.

He said the current situation in which government has pushed aside the churches in managing mission schools is problematic.

“You often hear a statement that government must give back the schools to the churches, I think that statement is misleading, the issue is the church and religious bodies  must be in partnership with the government, the government providing the logistics and the religious bodies managing the institutions, what we are yearning for is proper partnership, we are facing a situation where the unit managers have been pushed out and some directors do not even want to hear anything from our unit mangers and that to me is a problem.

“One of these days the churches and the religious bodies will rise up but that should not be the case so I am saying this for the press to add, partnership means it is the responsibility of the government to provide logistics.”

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