Free SHS: Scrap MPs Common Fund

Free SHS: Scrap MPs Common Fund
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 15-09-2017 Time: 11:09:57:am

Government has been urged to scrap the percentage of the Assemblies' Common Fund allocated to Members of Parliament and invest the monies in the free Senior High School policy.

Mr. Daniel Acquah, a concerned parent, explained that since there was no constitutional provision backing the MP’s Common Fund, coupled with the fact that they are not agents of development, it is appropriate the fund was abolished.

The formula for disbursement of the District Assemblies Common Fund allows MPs to receive four percent of the total allocation to the fund, for purposes of initiating developmental projects in their constituencies.

Some of the MPs also claim that aside the developmental projects, they use a large chunk of them money to pay the school fees of brilliant but needy children of some of their constituents.

But with the implementation of the free SHS policy, MPs are not free to invest the monies into other projects.

Based on this backdrop, Mr. Dan Acquah on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Friday, said the decision to allocate part of the Common Fund to MPs is a misplaced priority.

He indicated that, in order the get sustainable funds to keep the free SHS programme running, the government must rather invest the Common Fund in education.

“Most of the MPs rather spend the monies on unnecessary things instead of investing it in the future of the children. I think government must be bold and scrap it,” he advised.

Mr. Aquah commended the government for the "wonderful" initiative but cautioned it not to carry the entire burden on its shoulders.

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