Special Schools in serious financial crisis

MDG : Disabled in Kenya : Society for the Blind, NairobiThe Conference of Heads of Special Schools (COHESS) has indicated that the funding for special schools across the country has been a challenge to them over the years.

The conference has also expressed worry over the delay in releasing funds to these schools.

The operations of some special schools are almost ground to a halt because of the unavailability of funds in their coffers.

Some of the special schools in the Volta, Brong Ahafo and the Ashanti regions are yet to receive their subventions as alex-kyeremehthey struggle with the little funds available.

The cost of operations at the schools have worsened because of their over reliance on the available funds.

Checks at Garden city special school at Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti region also reveal the situation is dire and they will be forced to close down if the funds are not released anytime soon.

Authorities at the school however confirmed the situation but say they are still waiting for response from the Education Ministry.

President of the Conference of Heads of Special Schools (COHESS), Reverend G. Charles Gbekle said heads of these schools are over burdened in running the schools because they lack the funds.

According to him, the conference met with the Deputy Minister in charge of pre-tertiary education, Alex Kyeremeh and the Chief Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) over the release of their subventions after which it was promised the funds will be released at most by the end of next week.

“The Ministry of Finance and Education said it is giving the funding of the special schools a serious attention and that the money would be released pretty soon between now and next week,” he added.

Although no timelines were given, Reverend Gbekle said he was convinced about the assurance.

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