Minister orders Colleges of Education to pay for WiFi to reduce burden on budget

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The Minister of Education Dr Yaw Adutwum has directed all colleges of education to bear the cost of the wifi provision which was made available for secondary schools.
The Minister in a letter to the providers, Busy Internet said his outfit has discovered that the 46 colleges of education were benefitting from the wifi services and that has overburdened the free senior high school budget.
The schools that have benefitted from the installation of Busy Internet are to refund the cost back to the free SHS secretariat.

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Busy Internet has also been instructed to bill all the colleges directly.
Aside from that, the original cost of Ghc6.8 million paid for by the colleges will be shared by the colleges.
Background
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in 2020 commissioned the government’s flagship Free Wi-fi for Tertiary Institutions Project in Accra.
The project forms part of the government’s ongoing programme to provide Free Wi-fi to all 722 public Senior High Schools and other educational institutions.
The initiative he said in that year was to cover 46 Colleges of Education, and at least 15 traditional Public Tertiary Institutions across the country, 13 of which are in the operational zone of ECG.

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The two other public tertiary institutions, University of Development Studies (UDS), Tamale and the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani as well as the campuses of newly created University Colleges in northern Ghana, were to be served by the Northern Electricity Company (NEDCO) in collaboration with GRIDCO and NITA because they did fall under ECG.
The 13 beneficiary institutions are: University of Ghana, Legon; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast; University of Education, Winneba; Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Accra; the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho; University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa; and University of Professional Studies,
Full statement / letter
Ministry of Education Ministry Branch Post office P.O.M. AS
23 JULY, 2021
RECEIVED 12 AUG, 2021
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES IN PAYMENT OF THE CONTRACT PRICE OF BUSY INTERNET WI-FIPROVISION AND THE MONTHLY RECURRING COST TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION
Upon a review of the contract for the provision of Internet Service to pre-tertiary schools, we noticed that Colleges of Education were also benefitting from the facility, meanwhile, the cost is being borne by Free SHS. This has overburdened the funding of Free SHS.
In order to free the Free SHS allocation, we have taken the following decisions:
1. Colleges that have already benefitted from the Busy Internet service provider will refund the initial cost of installation paid back to Free SHS.
2. Busy Internet will be instructed to start billing the Colleges of Education directly.
3. The original cost of GHe 6,824,000.00 paid for the 46 Colleges will be shared for the Colleges to pay.
The Director-General, GTEC is by this letter directed to inform the Colleges of Education about this decision.
Counting on your usual cooperation.
HON. DR. YAW OSEI ADUTWUM MINISTER OF EDUCATION
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