Basic Schools ToBoycott Sports
The Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS) has resolved to boycott the upcoming Inter Circuits Sports Competition to be held across the country, for lack of fund to organize the event.
The basic schools, according to COHBS, are struggling to fund sports activities due to government’s inability to disburse Capitation Grant and, therefore, not in a position to finance any such activities with their meagre individual salaries.
In a communique, signed by some district representatives of the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools and sighted by The Anchor,they said they will not comply with the directive because most of their members had used their paltry salaries to organize the Inter Schools Gala Competitions that were held last term, hence they would not repeat it.
“It has come to the attention of Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS) that, the Sports and Culture Unit is prepping to organize Inter Circuits Sports Competition and has therefore charged the various Circuit Sports Secretaries to prepare their teams towards the aforementioned competitions with the key objective of selecting players to form the District Team. There is a saying in Akan “y3n koteadurommraa 3noa ne ahahan.” To wit, money is key in the aforementioned competitions.”
“We (COHBS) wish to bring it to the attention of the Sports and Culture Unit that we love our students and wish they thrive in their various fields but we have sacrificed enough and this time our resources have been depleted therefore we are not in the position to finance any activities with our meagre salaries,” the communique noted.
They explained, “It is also paramount to note that most of the Heads used their own meagre salaries to cater for the Inter Schools Gala Competitions that were held last term because the Capitation Grant disbursed was woefully inadequate.”
But Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr. Clement Apaak, said, this is yet another example of the neglect of our public basic schools by the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP government.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South in the Upper East Region insists, “It is obvious that in preparing the Circuits’ Teams, Schools usually pay or contribute monies (Affiliation Fee) but it is crystal clear that no school in the districts can boast of a dime in its coffers.”
According him, “Our public basic school system is collapsing, the sooner we all call on the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP government to disburse the Capitation Grant, the better for the future of Ghana.”