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Financing higher education through value added tax: a review of the contribution of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) in the fulfilment of the objectives of the Act 581

Auahene, Francis

Abstract:
The Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), funded by a percentage of the national Value Added Tax, has had as its purpose, since its establishment in 2000, the enhancement of primary, secondary and particularly tertiary education. This research paper examines the perceptions of key stakeholders as to the contributions, thus far, of the GETFund in addressing principal objectives and challenges such as infrastructural development, research and faculty development, the promotion of technology,mathematics and scientific education, student access and gender equity. Through the lens of stakeholders, recommendations are offered for potential enhancements to the GETFund and for its adaptation to other national circumstances. The analysis of this paper is primarily a combination of the perceptions of stakeholders such as vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors, registrars, principals, legislators, student leaders, public officials, etc., as well as available GETFund disbursement formulae and policy papers from 2001 to 2006. The outcome of this study is a series of judgements on the contribution of the GETFund compared to prior government objectives and recommendations relevant to the adaptation of the programme in other nations.

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Document Title: Financing higher education through value added tax: a review of the contribution of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) in the fulfilment of the objectives of the Act 581
Journal: Journal of Higher Education in Africa
Volume: 7
Issue: 3
No. of Pages: 29-60


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Finance and Physical Resources
Country:Ghana
Keywords:Financing of Higher Education, Ghana, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Higher Education and the State


Rights:Council for the development of social science research council
Date Added:09 November 2011


Financing higher education through valuae added tax: a review of the contribution of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) in the fulfilment of the objectives of the Act 581