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Coalition calls on government to pause on privatisation of public schools

The Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition, made up of over 210 civil society organisations, is calling on the government to pause the privatisation of public schools. Mr. Kofi Asare, Chairman of the Coalition, “said the coalition was aware of similar projects carried out in other African countries such as Liberia, Uganda and Kenya, where the partnership between government and the private sector did not yield the required results. Rather, whatever gains were made were marginal in comparison to the investments made by their governments, which were much higher than what was going to the regular public schools. Government cannot afford to ignore this evidence and go ahead to invest in such a venture, he stressed.”

Source: www.ghananewsagency.org

Ghana: electricity tariffs are expected to rise 60% after the private takeover

The planned privatization of the Electricity Company of Ghana has been temporarily postponed. Electricity tariffs are expected to rise 60% after the private takeover. “According to the Minority Parliamentarians of the country, the ECG has accumulated huge debts since the current government took over. They said the government imposed policies that were not beneficial to the company hence resulting in the accumulation of the huge debt.”

Source: www.pulse.com.gh

Ghana agrees to toe the IMF line after its “bailout programme” ends

Ghana agrees to toe the IMF line after its “bailout programme” ends. “As the country attempts to keep spending under the control, it is implementing policies to make it more attractive for private investors to participate in the development of roads, railways and ports, said [Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta].”

Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Tax, Education Privatization and the Right to Education: Influencing Education Financing In Ghana

This report has been commissioned by ActionAid Ghana and its main purpose is to examine education financing and the promotion of the Rights to Education (RTE) in Ghana through the provision of adequate financing to the sector. The report concludes that this can only be achieved by government fulfilling its financing commitments, compelled by citizen activism. The report outlines broader issues which must be addressed in order to achieve these rights, through legal accountability of central Government to education financing; improved quality of learning and increased resources for public schools. Ultimately, this report seeks to achieve, amongst other things, a better and fairer financing for free public education for all in Ghana.